The Concept of European Values: Creating a New Narrative for Europe offers a philosophical analysis of the concept of European values from its origin to the present day. This book rethinks European values in light of the crises—economic, political, migration, identity, and pandemic—that the European Union (EU) has faced from 2008 until today and analyzes EU initiatives to create a new narrative for Europe. Sanja Ivic reexamines the concept of European values as well as the philosophical and political assumptions on which this concept is based. In times of crisis, the EU has shown a lack of solidarity. As evidenced by Brexit, the migration crisis, and the pandemic crisis, the EU is experiencing a clash of national and postnational norms and values. Ivic argues that the EU did not react in accordance with the supranational values and principles on which it is based, as stated in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union: respect for democracy, human dignity, freedom, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Its reaction to these crises shows a turn from postnational values (which the EU advocated as a supranational political community) to nationalist paradigms.
Sanja Ivic is principal research fellow at the Institute for European Studies in Belgrade.
Chapter 1: Substantive Approach to the Idea of European Values
Chapter 2: Legal and Political Understanding of European Values
Chapter 3: The Christian Roots of European Values
Chapter 4: Philosophical Foundations of European Values
Chapter 5: European Values in Times of Crisis
Chapter 6: Creating a "New Narrative for Europe"