Today, hundreds of thousands of people, desperate to escape war, violence and po
verty, are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe. Our response fro
m our protected European standpoint, argues Slavoj Zizek, offers two versions of
ideological blackmail: either we open our doors as widely as possible; or we tr
y to pull up the drawbridge. Both solutions are bad, states Zizek.
y prolong the problem, rather than tackling it. The refugee crisis also presents
an opportunity, a unique chance for Europe to redefine itself: but, if we are t
o do so, we have to start raising unpleasant and difficult questions. We must al
so acknowledge that large migrations are our future: only then can we commit to
a carefully prepared process of change, one founded not on a community that see
the excluded as a threat, but one that takes as its basis the shared substance o
f our social being.