The Call for Papers for the 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union is now CLOSED

“The Union’s Institutional and Constitutional Transformations: Stress or Adaptation?”

16 -18 June, 2016

University of Trento, Trento, Italy

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: October 14, 2015

The European Union has been recently undergoing momentous periods of stress due to both internal (Euro, EMU) and external (Libya, Ukraine, refugee) crises. Reactions to these crises have been differentiated, ranging from significant institutional and constitutional transformation to piece-meal adaptation. While the management of the Euro-crisis, the further strengthening of the EMU and, to some extent, surreptitious progress towards a budgetary and fiscal Union have been characterized by landmark decisions which have transformed the institutional and perhaps also the constitutional complexion of the Union, in foreign matters innovations have been less apparent and less dramatic and have mostly occurred along conventional tracks.

In and of itself this is nothing new. The life of the EU has been constantly characterized by a marked lopsidedness between powerful internal structuring and weak external engagement. However, never before has this unevenness been more strident. While significant sacrifices of sovereignty are requested of Euro-zone member states in terms of their budgetary decisions (and procedures), their mid-term macroeconomic objectives and their planned structural reforms, in foreign and security matters member states cling to, and possibly even claim back, shares of Westphalian sovereignty. Can these two opposed lines of development proceed any further without causing significant tensions and stress in the entire EU edifice? Can two equally significant aspects of state sovereignty and liberal democracy – the domestic and the foreign – be governed by such disparate institutional arrangements? Will the Union eventually recompose these two spheres or will they be driven further and further apart by dynamics that differentiate it into core and peripheral circles? And can internal regulatory and structural policies alone hold the European project together? Papers addressing these issues from a range of perspectives, not only institutional, are welcome.

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Roundtable debate ‘‘Towards a new parliament? EP after the 2014 elections’’, Atrium of the City Hall of The Hague, June 6th, 2014, SGEU Conference. Participants: Christophe Crombez (Leuven University and Stanford University), Wim van de Camp (Member of the European Parliament, The Netherlands), Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam), and Bas Eickhout (Member of the European Parliament, The Netherlands). Event moderated by Euro-watcher Joop Hazenberg and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Municipality of The Hague, and the Representation of the European Commission in The Netherlands.

7th Conference on the Politics of the European Union, June 2014, Campus Den Haag, Leiden University. Amy Verdun (University of Victoria) introducing the 2014 JCMS Annual Lecture on “The Return of Politics. The European Union after the crises in the Eurozone and Ukraine” of Luuk van Middelaar, speechwriter to the European Council President and author of „The Passage to Europe” (Yale University Press, 2013)

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