After almost 40 years, the biannual congress of the International Federation of European Law (FIDE) returns to the Netherlands. From 20 to 23 May 2020, the Netherlands Association for European Law (NVER) has the honour of welcoming over 450 specialists in EU law in The Hague for the XXIX edition of this “classic” of EU law.

At FIDE the world of European law unites to discuss the state of EU law on both European and national level. FIDE congresses unite academia and practice, including endorsement and active participation of members of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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INTRODUCING FIDE 2020

ON THE BACK OF A BULL

Poem by Hanneke van Eijken

Somebody said Europe is nothing more
than a capricious stain on a world map –
without realizing
that the gods are eternal

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Somebody said Europe is nothing more
than a capricious stain on a world map –
without realizing
that the gods are eternal

that Europe comes in many forms
she is an island in the Indian Ocean
a moon of Jupiter
twenty-eight countries trying to keep their balance
like tight-rope walkers

the children of the gods live there
they have forgotten who their father is

Europe is a woman
with a wardrobe full of dresses
she doesn’t like being called a stain

of the gods’ vengeance and women with dresses
it is not wise to speak lightly

Translation by Sacha Prechal and Eleanor Sharpston