May 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Thornsten Beck and Pierre Schlosser who will explore the macroeconomic consequences and the potential changes in the framework of EU fiscal and financial integration.
The war in Ukraine and the resulting security crisis are changing the EU’s political landscape and will have a long-term impact on the European economy. The policy responses to this crisis are likely to bring major transformations in the EU as a polity, especially in the macroeconomic governance structures. In this session, we will explore these issues by focusing in two aspects: the macroeconomic consequences and the potential changes in the framework of EU fiscal and financial integration.
May 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Ilaria Conti who will discuss the strong dependence of many European countries on Russian gas and oil exports.
Given the strong dependence of many European countries on Russian gas and oil exports, the war in Ukraine has created fundamentally new conditions for the European energy policy leading to calls and first steps (such as the scrapping of the North Stream 2 pipeline) to reduce this dependence. The seminar addresses dependence issues, as well as debates on the impact of the war to the transition to renewable energy sources, the redirection of trade from Russia to other providers, and the role of nuclear power (with potential divisive effects both between and within member-states).
Jun 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks who will discuss how we need to adapt our theoretical lenses to better assess the implications of Ukraine for the course of European integration.
How should the Ukraine war and more generally, geopolitics, shape our understanding of European integration? Liberal institutionalism, neofunctionalism, and postfunctionalism have in common that they ignore heavy international conflict. Neorealism ignores domestic politics. How, in short, do we need to adapt our theoretical lenses to better assess the implications of Ukraine for the course of European integration and the nature of political competition?
Jun 29 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Brigid Laffan who will discuss whether the existing enlargement system will remain in place or whether the EU will have to reassess the fundamentals of the enlargement process itself.
Following Croatia’s accession to the EU in 2013, the phrase ‘enlargement fatigue’ became common place and the enlargement to the Western Balkans was slow and tortuous. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has altered the dynamic of enlargement. Ukraine followed by Moldova and Gorgia applied for membership of the Union. President Zelensky wants ‘fast track’ membership. At Versailles, EU leaders acknowledged that Ukraine is part of the ‘European family’’ and requested the Commission to prepare an Opinion on Ukraine’s membership. There is considerable debate on what this means for processes and procedures surrounding enlargement. Will the existing enlargement system remain in place or will the EU have to reassess the fundamentals of the enlargement process itself.
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