In her featured remarks, Professor Schmidt discussed the complications related to the EU’s ‘actorness’ in the global arena, the question of EU legitimacy, and the major challenges facing the EU today.
In order to meet its current challenges – the green transition, the digital transformation, addressing socio-economic inequalities, and the Ukraine crisis – Professor Schmidt argues that the EU should not go back to Eurozone crisis management rules.
Ambassador Garčević comments on the war in Ukraine, NATO and EU enlargement, relations between the EU and Russia, EU economic sanctions against Moscow, as well as recent European diplomatic visits to Kyiv.
Professor Shifrinson discusses how the West and Russia may now be entering into the terminal stages of an insecurity spiral that could produce a larger European conflagration.
Garčević stated that Brussels attempted to breathe life into a dying EU perspective in the region by introducing a new enlargement methodology last year. However, the revised strategy has not renewed hope in the region.
In the context of the Conference on The Future of Europe, Schmidt noted that an issue facing the EU is Eurozone Crisis governance and mentioned how the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed the economic of austerity in the region.
Garčević, notes that the EU’s traditional “power currencies” in the Balkans have been compromised and Beijing and Moscow have established themselves as viable and/or even preferable alternatives to Brussels.
Schmidt’s keynote explored trade union visions for a progressive European economic policy, and in her panel appearance she discussed opportunities and limitations of flexible integration in EU economic policy.
“Democracy refers to a specific form of government. Legitimacy is whether a government of any form is accepted by its citizens as having the authority to govern…Democracy cannot exist without legitimacy.”
Professor Schmidt joins Dublin City University Brexit Institute for a discussion on “The New EU Economic Policy after Covid-19 and Next Generation EU.”
“The prospect of membership, it seems, has never been further away.”
With the EU and U.S. both in retreat from the region, Moscow and Beijing appear to have gained ground in the Balakns
Professor Schmidt discussed her latest book with Jacques Delors Centre and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ambassador Garčević commented on the possible shifts in U.S. foreign policy after the election, specifically U.S./EU relations.
Prof. Schmidt discusses whether Europe will be able to re-emerge from the ashes of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prof. Schmidt and representatives from the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Economics and Finance discussed her latest book and lessons Europe learned from the Eurozone Crisis.
Ambassador Garcevic discussed the necessity of global cooperation when tackling COVID-19 and other crises.
Professor Vivien Schmidt was interviewed for the NEXTEUK Virtual Seminar Series on the impact of COVID-19 on the EU.
Prof. Vivien Schmidt tells Foreign Affairs the “good and bad” of Brexit could cancel one and another out for the EU.
Prof. Vesko Garčević’s keynote speech at the 2020 European Security Forum at the University of Chicago focused on the current tense relations between the EU, US and NATO.