Many observers are professing increasing scepticism about the future of the European Union (EU). The lingering economic malaise, the potential exit of the United Kingdom and the apparent divisions between western and eastern European Member States appear to undermine the capacity of the EU to offer credible options for addressing the challenges which European citizens experience. The tensions, at times open conflict in the European neighbourhood, add to a sense of siege in Europe, in turn compounded by growing uncertainty in international relations.
Yet the vision which inspired the formation of the EU is too powerful to dismiss lightly. Despite the current difficulties, many Europeans continue to believe that their future lies in an increasingly integrated Europe. Can this be achieved, despite the challenges? Can European and Member State leaders continue to work together to deliver the expectations which citizens hold? President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has released a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which sets out five scenarios of the how its future might unfold. Which is preferable? Which is the most realistic? How can the EU best respond to the marked uncertainty arising from a resurgent Russia, a globalising China, and a more self-centred United States?
A Joint EU Centres Conference: Call for Papers
These broad questions serve as the primary focus of an international conference to be convened jointly by the European Union Centres in Australia and New Zealand. Contributions of papers or suggestions for special sessions are now invited.