The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, and Sylvie Goulard, a member of the European Parliament, recently brought out a book on democracy in Europe (published by Flammarion). Monti and Goulard will be at the Centre for Fine Arts on 30 January for an exclusive discussion of the issues in question, in which Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Béatrice Delvaux will also take part. The discussion will be introduced by Guy Verhofstadt.

Over de democratie in Europa (Flammarion)

Europeans would like to be as strong as they would be if Europe were united - and to preserve as much national sovereignty as if it were not. This contradiction has become untenable. For the crisis, over and above the financial and debt turmoil, has demonstrated the extent of our interdependence and shown the flaws of democracy in Europe. Which is why this is a good time to reread Tocqueville. According to him, the march towards equality has been irresistible for centuries: it requires us to create, through voluntary cooperation, a democracy of the people, in which Europeans would jointly choose those who would govern them, and for the people, at the service of the well-being of all. This book asks us to replace blind instinct with knowledge of our interests, to discover the deep affinities that link Europeans, and to regain our confidence.

To bring Europe out of the crisis, we need to see further ahead.