Rethinking Europe: War, Values, Identity

The Ukrainian conflict represents a political turning point for European history and a potential constitutional moment for the EU.
On the one hand, the violence of the war and the underlying great power logic call into question the post-WWII pairing peace/Europe, along with the civilian/‘normative power’ model; on the other hand, the EU has demonstrated the ambition of ‘speaking increasingly with one voice’ in areas as sensitive as defense, energy or migration, where a remarkable and unprecedented consensus has emerged in the past weeks.
The paper aims to investigate the political and legal response to the Ukrainian crises and its transformative potential for the constitutional future of Europe. Drawing on some concrete case studies, the paper suggests that ‘more Europe’ might indeed result from these developments, triggering a positive self-reflection within the EU in terms of values and identity.