What is more interesting is the author’s proposal for a formation of a Western Union instead of a European Union. Especially to those of us who understand the European Union as based in a common culture, it would be absurd to focus on the continent instead of on whatever nations globally happen to share the same culture. Following cultural criteria, a Western Union would be a political aim more consistent than the European Union.

B. Enache, What is the West?

Philippe Nemo’s book What Is the West? is an elegant and intriguing combination of a scholarly review of the historical and philosophical foundations of what is usually termed “Western civilization” and a political manifesto for this broad cultural area in the “civilizational geography” of the world today.