The prevailing image in France is now that of chaos. that of a power impotent in the face of recession, giving up each and every promise and confronted with a growing opposition to austerity policies. As for Europe shoved around by populist waves, it remains unable to clearly assert itself on the international scene. no fatality here, however. In a globalized context, the European continent needs to affirm its distinctiveness and transcend past quarrels.
In this year commemorating the great conflicts of the twentieth century and the fall of the Berlin wall, The Eyes examines the history of these peoples who are resisting their old demons, at least for now. Bearing this in mind, we follow photographer stéphane Duroy who explores Berlin since 1979, as past and present merge. Drawing our readers closer to funda- mental European markers, we aim at a free, generous and confident Europe.
The specter of the crisis haunting the old conti- nent should encourage us to revisit the spiritual and political testament of philosopher simone Weil who in 1943, in the midst of a collapsing Europe, suggested a Prelude towards a declaration of duties to mankind: a demanding thought for future genera- tions in times of crises.
Europeans would benefit from a rapprochement, sharing their challenges and doubts and reinventing a common project. In the field of ideas, Matthieu pigasse in his book entitled Éloge de l’anormalité [praise of abnormality], suggests a “new Deal” for France based on three essential reforms: create Europe, reform the state, and urge desire. In Italy, Matteo renzi modernizes the state and revital- izes politics and democracy. In the field of images, photographers such as Marc Beckmann in Germany, Kirill Golovchenko in Ukraine or Maria Gruzdeva in russia examine our territories, our cultures and our history with a fresh eye. Many of us throughout Europe are reaching out to those who can carry out this vision for a future in which Europeans will reflect one another, share their resources and look ahead!