Bernard-Henri Lévy’s Wake-Up Call to “European Patriots”
Leading public intellectual Bernard Henri-Lévy toured the United States in February 2019 to present his new book, “The Empire and the Five Kings: America’s Abdication and the Fate of the World.” He also recently published a Manifesto on “Europe in Peril” and the need for a “European Patriotism” ahead of the European elections (May 23–26 2019), which he co-signed with 29 other European writers including Mario Vargas Llosa and Milan Kundera. And he will perform his play called “Looking for Europe” in 22 European countries from 5 March to 20 May.
We recorded an interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy on the EU NOW podcast, in a margins of an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, to discuss the key messages which he conveys in his book, his manifesto and his play.
He said he wanted to act as a “fireman” at a critical time for the European Union which is the target of illiberal forces. “Europe is under attack,” he said, “by forces inside and outside,” and “we need to fight for it.”
“What is missing is a true European patriotism,” he added, in addition to national patriotism. He also said that he would be campaigning for the European elections, but that he was “candidate for nothing except waving the flag of Europe.”
He also said that Europe and the United States share a unique “bond of life and death, sprit, blood spilled together”. He added that “Europe is the natural ally of America. Europe and America are the two legs of the West.”