'Reconnecting Europe: bridging the gap between European citizens and the European institutions'
Organised with The Evens Foundation, The Forum for European Philosophy and The European Institute (LSE)
Date: Wednesday 11 March, 1.45-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
1.45-2pm Welcome Address
Joaquín Almunia, Ex-Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for competition
2-3.30pm Disintegrating Europe: Nationalism, Regionalism and Globalization
Scoping Introduction: John Breuilly, Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity, LSE
Guest Speaker: Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford
At the level of both the member states and the EU as a whole there are social forces pulling in opposite directions (both local and global), putting tremendous pressure on existing political institutions. This session will explore the cultural and political conditions prevailing in Europe today.
4-5.30pm Political Economy of European Union
Scoping Introduction: Bob Hancké, Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, LSE
Guest Speaker: David Soskice, Professor of Political Science and Economics, LSE
Can Europe’s member states sustain the European Social Model? In this session we will explore how economic innovations promoted by the EU (the Euro, Banking Union, debt sharing) as well as global ‘neoliberal’ market developments are changing the European political-economy.
6.30-8pm European Politics and Government
Scoping Introduction: Mareike Kleine, Associate Professor of EU and International Politics, European Institute, LSE
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Holslag, Professor of International Politics, The Free University of Brussels
European politics has been dominated by the vexed question of the democratic deficit. Should Europe move towards greater political union? Should the European parliament become a proper European government? Or should we look for innovations at the national, regional, or even city level?