Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series Title: Rethinking European Integration: Options, Preferences and Outcomes. Speaker: Dr Anthony Costello, Lecturer

The EU has experienced a series of unsettling political developments in recent years. Politics is changing across EU member-states with unprecedented alterations in public opinion and attitudes. This is seen through Brexit in the UK, as well continental EU member-states where there is a surge in Euroscepticism coinciding with the growth of right-wing populism and all that it stands for. Negative public opinion across the Union is a challenge to the continuity of European integration, and European leaders are now reviewing the current trajectory of European integration and governance and assessing the quality of its impact on modern Europeans and their expectations. The Future of Europe (FOE) initiative was established by EU leaders in 2017. Cognisant that the Future of Europe lies in favourable public opinion, the initiative looks toward EU citizens for guidance on reshaping the future of Europe. The European Commission presented five scenarios for the FOE and EU citizens have been invited to debate these scenarios with respect to key policy areas. In turn, a series of National Citizens’ Dialogues are currently taking place across the Union to foster public discourse and to extract recommendations that may feed into shaping Europe’s future. This study proposes to delve deeper into the preferences/expectations of EU citizens regarding the future of EU integration and governance as to map the likely outcomes for the Future of Europe in terms of its form and functioning and to explore what these outcomes may mean for long-term integration.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: ORB_244
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Stefanie Wojtek
021 490 2770

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