Topic 2014

“EU – Lost In Transformation?”
14th and 15th March 2014
Europe House Smith Square and Hallam Conference Centre, London

The European Union, a federation standing for peace, freedom, democracy, the rule of the law, equality, human rights and solidarity, can be held responsible for creating an environment suitable for political stability and economic growth. Nevertheless it has experienced many economic and political challenges; the struggling of weaker member states has largely triggered criticism and it has increasingly been debated whether some member states should leave the EU. The European Union, as an economically integrated entity, is to great extent driven by the policies of its individual nations. Would greater unity of member states make the EU more effective in achieving its goals? How can Europe successfully compete with rapidly emerging markets and their rising economic forces? How will changing demographics influence European economic growth and disparity? Would Europe be politically more influential if it spoke with a unified voice? Should sovereignty extend beyond national frontiers and become conceivable within an EU context?

We invite students to take part in the discussion and analysis of many such questions. Politicians, economists, business leaders and academics will be sharing their insights on the EU, which should help students understand some of the benefits and drawbacks of full European integration.