Introduction: A Moment for European Sturm und Drang?

Guest editor Damian Chalmers introduces the special issue by highlighting three themes raised by Lord Dahrendorf in a 2003 article: ‘the processes which have led to the Union being a space for technical cooperation rather than vigorous political contestation, the resilience of the characterisation of Europe as a Utopia, and finally Europe’s need to build a common and democratic social space.’