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Reclaiming the European Street: Speeches on Europe and the European Union, 2016-20

Reclaiming the European Street: Speeches on Europe and the European Union, 2016-20

Michael D. Higgins

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This edition collects all of the major speeches by President Higgins on the topic of Europe since 2016. They encompass interventions on historical aspects, bilateral cultural links, citizens' involvement in the European project, workers' rights and ecological concerns.

**To celebrate the President’s 80th birthday on 18 April, a limited number of copies signed by President Michael D. Higgins are available to order now.**

‘From Covid-19 we have been reminded, through tragedy and suffering, that we have a shared, globalized vulnerability common to all humanity … The lessons of necessity and solidarity learned during the pandemic must now inform a European-led transition to a just and ecologically sustainable society in its aftermath.’ President Michael D. Higgins is one of the few public intellectuals to engage regularly with the abstract idea of an alternative European space, and to consistently reimagine it. Yet public discussions regarding Ireland’s closer links with the European Union often remain purely utilitarian and economic, or take place only within academia. Here, in over twenty lively discourses, President Higgins lays out his vision for Europe.

This is the first gathering of all the President’s Europe-themed speeches from 2016 to 2020. They deal with wide-ranging contemporary issues, from the 1916 Centenary celebrations to the Brexit decision of June 2016 and the Covid-19 pandemic: the latter, in particular, has shunted the European Union into a worldwide arena through its role in helping Member States cope with economic and human fallout. As well as translations into Irish, French and German, a comprehensive introduction by the editors gives context to the speeches within wider Irish and European intellectual history.

Stamped by President Higgins’ inimitable intellectual rigour and empathy, these documents also express fundamental concerns on behalf of the Irish people. His generous pluralist view of history and embracing of a liberal secular society make this volume essential reading for any citizen seeking to understand the role of Ireland within the European Union.

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Author Michael D. Higgins
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 18 Apr 2021
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781843517948

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