When in 2004, Jacques Delors, former President of the European Commission and the author of the most ambitious programme of European integration in history, prophesied that the new enlarged Europe had only a 50% chance of survival, everyone raised their eyebrows in disbelief. Nobody anticipated what was to come.
Since then, the united Europe has been relentlessly tested by one crisis after another. A debt crisis was followed by an economic crisis, then the Arab Spring, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and a migration crisis. A growing wave of populism and nationalism has engulfed many member states. Finally, Brexit, and the election of the 45th and current President of the United States, Donald Trump. Today, the European dream is crumbling and the future of a united Europe seems more precarious than ever.
The increasingly uncertain future of the European Union (EU), and Europe itself, has generated an important academic debate. Will the EU survive? If so, in what shape? If not, will anything replace it?
This public lecture will attempt to answer these and many other pertinent questions by gathering and explaining the key themes and trends of the ongoing academic debate.
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