Academic program

July 14th - July 24th 2018

Lectures and workshops

[More lectures will be added soon]

European security and defence: Will there be an EU army soon?

Tomáš Weiss

During the past year, European security and defence policy has been boosted by a number of new initiatives. The European Defence Fund will increase the presence of the EU in research and development, the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence will offer additional information on the member states’ defence procurement, and the Permanent Structured Cooperation will provide an institutional framework for closer cooperation among the member states. Are we witnessing a creation of an EU army that some European politicians call for? Or is this just another futile attempt to increase the effectiveness of European security and defence policy that is doomed to fail? The lecture will introduce the logic of European security and defence cooperation, offer an overview of its context, analyse the added value of the new initiatives, and discuss the possible paths for future developments.

The concept of solidarity in the EU and the Juncker’s scenarios

Lucie Rivera

This first talk is essentially divided into three parts that are interrelated. The first part deals with the socio-economic implications of the solidarity concept and its main articulations in the current EU policy framework. The second part explores the main political traditions and streams that contributed to shaping the current views of solidarity in the EU as a political concept and characterising its main rationale. Finally, the third part of the talk will introduce the scenarios prospected by Jean-Claude Juncker as “Carrying On”, “Nothing But The Single Market”, “Those Who Want More Do More”, “Doing Less More Efficiently”, and “Doing Much More Together”, these will be explored from the perspective of the political traditions previously discussed and their relationship with solidarity in the European Union.

“Future of Europe, reflections and scenarios for the EU27” explored from an ethical perspective

Stefano Cavagnetto

In this talk the scenarios prospected by Jean-Claude Juncker and depicted in the white paper “Future of Europe, Reflections and Scenarios for the EU27” will be evaluated form an ethical point of view by taking into consideration ethical normative frameworks. In particular by following the classic Richard Dworkin’s matrix based on the dimensions of policy and principle on one side and individual and collective on the other side, the five different scenarios will be analytically considered and presented in terms of the consequences for the concept of solidarity in Europe. The talk will be aiming on one side at the clarification of the genesis of the concept of solidarity by taking a philosophical point of view on its socio-historical and political legacy. On the other side, it will provide a set of philosophical tools to investigate the issue of solidarity across member states.

Design for an alternative EU framework and scenarios development

Lucie Rivera and Stefano Cavagnetto

In this session students will work in teams to develop their ideas for Europe in transition and carry out activities for designing the new European Union according to Juncker’s suggestions. In particular students will be addressing new possible scenarios and implications for the concept of solidarity and its further implementation across the EU 27.



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