- Polity Press (World English)
- Hanser Verlag (Germany)
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About the book
Ever since Paul Scheffer visited the Berlin Wall as an eighteen-year-old, he has been intrigued by borders, continually contemplating their value and significance. In response to the refugee crisis, the departure of the British from the European Union and the wall President Trump wants to build at the Mexican border, Scheffer has organized and further developed his ideas. For him there is no freedom without form; an open society cannot function without a border. It is the only way to guarantee citizens’ rights and solidarity. Drawing upon history, philosophy, geography and sociology, Scheffer analyses present-day problems including migration, protectionism and terrorism. In doing so he draws firm conclusions about the future of Europe. The Shape of Freedom is an urgent book of huge contemporary relevance for anyone interested in current affairs.