Trinity winner of Financial Times ‘The Future of Europe Project’ announced

Marie Sophie Hingst, PhD candidate at the School of Histories and Humanities, has been named as the Trinity winner of the Financial Times 'The Future of Europe Project' competition. Sophie’s winning article, entitled Europeans should not abandon a collective identity, was published in the Financial Times today. You can read the article here.

Sophie’s article on Europe’s four founding freedoms was one of six winning essays chosen by a panel of Financial Times and external judges from a total of 18 finalists. 'The Future of Europe Project' is a collaboration between the paper and students and professors of six universities across Europe. The aim of the competition was to give a voice to the brightest young minds and encourage them to participate in the debate about their future.

Participating universities were Trinity College Dublin, Sciences Po in Paris, Bocconi in Milan, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Academics at the six participating universities asked their students to write an opinion article in response to one or more of the following questions: Should the next frontier for Europe be deeper integration, or handing back some power to nation states? Would it be wise to reconsider the four founding freedoms in the EU treaties? Is it time to concentrate on eurozone priorities rather than the broader EU27? To what extent is German leadership of Europe desirable or necessary?

Marie Sophie Hingst asks if there is a 'European way of life'?

In her article, Marie Sophie Hingst asks if there is a European way of life and how we recognise European values and a shared European identity that links the southern-most European town of Ierapetra in Crete with the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry in Ireland — one of the most western points of Europe.

She reflects on Edmund Burke’s statement in 1796 when nearly all of Europe was at war that “no European can be a complete exile in any part of Europe”.

“The Europe he depicts when claiming that no European can be a complete exile when in Europe is different and so much more radical than any of the visions even the most pro-European speakers have today. Burke says nothing less than Europe being not a religious, a political or historical construct but a call for a constant civilizational sensibility for each other. A sense of urgency that links the cheese-monger in Kerry with the winemakers of Bordeaux.”

In her article Marie Sophie Hingst concludes “The four funding freedoms of the European Union are as debatable as they are unquestionable: giving them up for reconsideration would make every single one of us an exile in any part of Europe.”

Marie Sophie Hingst studied History and East Asian Studies in Berlin, Lyon and Los Angeles. She joined Trinity College Dublin in 2013 for a PhD thesis on English colonial strategies in 17th century Ireland under the supervision of Micheál Ó Siochrú and Mark Hennessy and was a graduate fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute from 2015 to 2017.

Apart from history, she is engaged in humanitarian work and runs an awarded slum clinic in New Delhi with a focus on Women’s Healthcare.

Following on from the competition, Trinity, in conjunction with the Financial Times, will host a discussion on the “Future of Europe” on January 17th as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Behind the Headlines series. The discussion will be set around the title 'The Future of Europe and its Borders.' Further details will shortly be available on the Trinity Long Room Hub website.

You can read Marie Sophie Hingst’s article on the Financial Times here. Further information on the competition and the winners can be found here.


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