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Brexit: An unorthodox view

The Guardian Live

Friday, 27 January 2017 from 20:00 to 21:30 (GMT)

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With Srećko Horvat, Elif Shafak, Yanis Varoufakis & John Harris. 

A troubled Britain is on its way out of a troubled European Union. Disintegration and xenophobia are in the air. The government in London is in disarray. But so is every other government in Europe, not to mention the European Commission whose authority is tending increasingly towards zero.

The only forces to be gathering strength everywhere are those of what might be called a Nationalist International, spreading their belligerent reach to Trump’s America. Bellicose nativism is on the rise propagating a thinly-veiled discursive ethnic cleansing. Even sections of the Left are succumbing to arguments in favour of retreating behind the nation-state and stricter border controls.

Srećko Horvat, a Croat philosopher, Elif Shafak, renowned Turkish novelist, and Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister, bring to this conversation an intriguing perspective. As intellectuals who know Britain well, they understand first hand the perils of nationalism, disintegration, isolationism and marginalisation. They will place post-Brexit Britain in a context informed by a view of Europe and Britain from the continent’s opposite ‘corner’, sharing insights from Greece’s tensions with Brussels and Berlin, Yugoslavia’s disintegration, and Turkey’s fraught relationship with a Europe that both courts and marginalises it.

Moderated by author and Guardian writer John Harris, it promises to be an evening that restores confidence in Britain’s and Europe’s humanist and internationalist potential.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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Central Hall Westminster
Storey's Gate
SW1H 9NH London
United Kingdom

Friday, 27 January 2017 from 20:00 to 21:30 (GMT)


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