Since 2010, the European Union has been mired in the worst economic and political crises in its history. The Eurozone financial crisis has left Greece and its southern European neighbors languishing in the worst recession since the Great Depression and threatened to rip apart the monetary union that is widely seen as the capstone of sixty years of successful European integration. At the same time, Europe has been flooded with millions of migrants and refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, triggering strong domestic opposition and straining the economic and political resources of EU member-states. Finally, the EU has been rocked by the “Brexit” referendum in June 2016, when the “Leave” campaign garnered 52% of the vote in the United Kingdom. The results have left Britain’s future in the EU in doubt, triggered the possibility of a breakup of the UK, and stoked fears that other countries may also seek to leave or renegotiate their relationship to Europe in the coming years.
Will the Euro survive? Is the European Union’s move toward an “ever closer union” in jeopardy? Will Britain leave the EU and trigger a broader unraveling of European integration? How will these shocks and crises transform domestic politics in EU countries and EU-level policymaking and institutions? What impact will Europe’s economic and political crises have on the United States, international security, and the global economy in the years ahead?
Distinguished speakers will address these questions during a symposium co-sponsored by the the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, the Center for European Studies and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.
The symposium will be followed by a full-day academic conference featuring leading scholars of European integration, from both sides of the Atlantic, who will present their research-in-progress on the crises confronting the EU and their implications for the future of domestic and international politics in Europe and beyond. The symposium and conference runs in conjunction with the Midwestern Chapter of the European Horizons for undergraduate and graduate students and will meet to discuss the American views of the future of the European Union. These events will be held from April 6-8, 2017 at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.