Europe’s Basic Ambiguity - Seen through the Mirror of “New France”
Dietmar KÖVEKER (Université de Montréal)
Europe is characterized by a fundamental ambiguity. It is by virtue of its national states and their political structures and institutions (and more and more by the European Union) a real political power and a regional as well as global player. But, at the same time, Europe is a promise: that of establishing a better world (or world order) by virtue of its orientation towards universal norms. Against the background of this diagnosis, the present article discusses the role the reference to Europe has played in the framework of the colonization of Canada. The text closes with some conclusions regarding today’s Europe.