A finalité politique is at odds with the nature of European integration. There is no end goal, and that is how it ought to be. By definition, the Europe of European integration is a volatile and hybrid institution, a temporary fix. A temporary fix that has to prove itself as an appealing and convincing version of that big post-war Western experiment with capitalism and democracy. Capitalism and democracy the European way, if you wish. Key to its attraction is that is never set in definite form, nor believes in such a thing.
Caterina Di Fazio is a philosopher and co-founder of Agora Europe together with Nadia Urbinati and Etienne Balibar. She received her PhD on the Phenomenology of Political Space from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in May 2018. She previously graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in philosophy from Università degli Studi di Bologna, in recognition of the thesis she wrote at the Sorbonne, and has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and at the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. She is currently a postdoc at Studio Europa at the University of Maastricht, where she is working on a genealogy of the refugee status.