Within the EU and wider Europe, solidarity is anything but self-evident and solidarity between the EU and other parts of the world appears at a low ebb, not least in the context pf the COVID-19 crisis. The decline or retreat of solidarity shows itself most clearly in crisis times. The financial crisis of 2008 exposed the breakdown of solidarity between the north-west and the south-east of Europe. The consequences of national policies following that crisis hit the most vulnerable parts of society hardest. The absence of solidarity with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers became clearly visible during the refugee crisis of 2015, although there were grassroots demonstrations of solidarity. Other recent crises like Brexit and the recent Covid-19 pandemic posed new challenges for solidarity in Europe as well as for solidarity between Europe and other parts of the world.
During this course we explore the state of solidarity in and from Europe from different disciplinary perspectives as well as looking at histories of solidarity and what they may tell us about potential repertoires of action for increasing solidarity in the future.