“Europe in the World” explores the process of European integration from a number of angles: development, humanitarianism, and crisis management; security and defense; migration; enlargement; and energy.
According to Garčević, the EU’s response to insecurity in the Western Balkans speaks more about Brussels’ concern that instability in Ukraine may spill over to the Balkans than the Union’s genuine intention to reinvigorate EU integration of the region.
Are the Balkans vulnerable to Russian influence amidst its continued military campaign in Ukraine? How can Western powers keep the door open to negotiations with Russia while also providing Ukraine with aid? Ambassador Garčević explains.
Ambassador Garčević argued that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a moment for the EU to radically re-evaluate its stagnant enlargement process; he proposed that Brussels develop a multi-step EU integration process, creating intermediate goals before the full inclusion into the Union,
Professor Marina Henke describes the geostrategic confusion in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, summarizes three of the “grand strategic positions” for Europe, and highlights some of the pros and cons of each option.
All speakers agreed that in the first half of the 1990s, Russia acted as a world power that harmonized its interests with the other powers and shared the responsibility for global peace and order. However, Garčević noted that as time went on, the feeling grew among the Russian hardliners that this policy didn’t bear fruits.
According to Ambassador Garčević, many European voters now look for parties that offer easy answers to complex societal and economic issues or are prone to support the so-called non-institutional solutions.
“The Montenegrin political riddle rests on the fact that the majority of the citizens want their country integrated into the European Union and Euro-Atlantic structures, but the votes of that majority are scattered over several political entities that do not want to cooperate with each other.”
Professor Schmidt joined fellow experts in discussing the future of the European Union, which Shmidt suggests depends on which of three ‘big’ ideas becomes dominant.
According to Ambassador Garčević, S. 4741 will open up space for more robust American political, financial, and technical assistance; it would enable more coherent American support for national efforts to fight corruption and democratization.
Professors Garčević and Najam joined 47 young diplomats from 32 countries as well as 35 lecturers from Europe and the United States to discuss complex issues of contemporary international affairs such as the war in Ukraine, NATO expansion, and global climate change.
By missing an opportunity to grant the candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina, open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, or grant a visa-free regime for Kosovo, Brussels puts at risk the legitimacy of enlargement in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Professor Schmidt’s presentation explored the impact of the COVID-19 recovery strategy on the potential reorientation of European Union economic governance and whether this leaves room to maneuver and implement progressive social reforms as well as increase the democratic legitimacy of the EU (in contrast to the Eurozone Crisis of 2011)
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 her interview, Professor Schmidt discusses the rise of populism, the Ukraine war, the EU and the possibility of Ukraine getting a fast-tracked membership, and more.
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’s presentation – part of Milton Academy’s Keyes Seminar Day – focused on the popular narrative that NATO enlargement provoked Russia to invade Ukraine.
Professor Schmidt joined Herman van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council (2009-2014), to discuss the clash of ‘big ideas’ – neo-liberalism, populism, and progressivism – the critical elections in France that occurred on April 24, 2022, and their potential impact on Europe.
Professor Schmidt discussed discourse analysis in the context of her analytic framework of “discursive institutionalism,” which focuses on the substantive content of ideas and the interactive processes of discourse in an institutional contex.
Dr. Michael Potter – Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at Queen’s University Belfast and a member of the Research Service of the Northern Ireland Assembly – provided background information on the situation in Northern Ireland and explained how Brexit created significant political difficulties for the country.