Academic program

July 25th - August 1st 2020

Lectures and workshops 2020

The program for European Summer School 2020 is being continuously announced and broadened these days. Below, you can find some of the lectures awaiting our students this summer. Stay tuned for more of them coming in the upcoming days!

From V4, EU and Beyond: Examining Today´s Security Challenges

Danielle Piatkiewicz

Today´s security environment may seem secure on the surface but as we dive deeper into the various security challenges facing the V4 and its European neighbours, we find that our collective threat perception differs. From external challengers such as Russia and China causing geopolitical disruption within Europe to the stress of Brexit, Covid-19, climate change and migration causing fractures in the EU alliance – Europe´s security framework is currently being strained. In addition, V4 members are finding themselves dealing with diverging security goals and internal challenges such as the rise of populism and anti-EU rhetoric – all is not calm on the Eastern and Central European front. 

How can Europe and members of the V4 create a more united approach to today´s and tomorrow´s security threats? French President Macron mentioned that NATO is ´brain dead´ - is there a crisis within the NATO framework? If so, how does leadership play into this?

This session will explore further these questions and discus the emerging security challenges facing Europe and members of the V4 including the future of the NATO alliance and its various components, including PESCO. It will dive into EU´s current foreign and security policy objectives especially post-Brexit and examine how Europe can further develop its strategic autonomy and what role the V4 can play.


Climate Change, Migration and rising nationalist populism: How can the EU face these interlinked challenges?

Christian Kvorning Lassen

Since the ‘migration crisis’ of 2015, migration has been the fulcrum of resurgent nationalistic populism and Euroscepticism across Europe, particularly within the Visegrad 4 countries. The politicization of the crisis has not only incapacitated the EU in terms of developing essential policies such as the Common European Asylum System reform necessary to tackle migration, but also enabled governments, particularly within Central and Eastern Europe, to undermine the rule of law and the integrity of the EU in an unprecedented turn towards authoritarianism. 

These developments now affect also the EU´s capability to combat Climate Change, which has become an integral part of the East-West divide exposed in 2015, with anti-immigrant governments also proving recalcitrant in terms of addressing climate change. However, climate change will cause massive migratory waves towards the EU in the future, dwarfing that of the 2015 ´migration crisis´. Thus, the crisis of climate change and the migration crises are fundamental crises of democracy, threatening the foundation of European Union.

This lecture will, amongst other things, resolve the key questions of what are the projections for climate-induced migration towards the EU? Will the current environmental policies within the EU, and the V4 in particular, mitigate or exacerbate the climate-induced migration crises of tomorrow? How can the new sustainability and environmental initiatives of the EU be matched by sustainable migration and asylum frameworks? On a fundamental level, what do these developments spell for the future of the EU and liberal democracies in general?

EU and UK in Post-Brexit Transitional Phase: Frustration, Negotiation, Denial?

Ivo Šlosarčík

Lecture covers a transitional phase in the relations between the EU and the EU in 2020. In particular, the lecture analyses left-overs of the UK Withdrawal Treaty, scenarios of UK-EU27 post-brexit negotiations and impact of Brexit onto institutional and political environment in the EU27.

Changing Europe: What impact will the covid pandemic have on the EU, its reform and future development?

Aleš Chmelař

We are now seeing a change that comes once in a generation. The Covid 19 pandemic will have an impact on Europe comparable to 2001, 1989 or 1968. The micro-sized game changer struck in the middle of several major European and, indeed, global debates. Europe has not finished its negotiation on the future relationship with the UK, it has not fully solved divergent views on management of migration, transition to a green economy and finds itself in the midst of a critical negotiation on the multiannual financial framework. The background to these debates was the eroding multilateral order both in its economic and security dimension, as well as politically rising superpower China, non-cooperative Russia and doubts on the very substance of the Euro-Atlantic cooperation.

We must realize that these challenges will not disappear with Covid. They might be suppressed in their operative part, but will become in some aspects even stronger and more critical. We have realized the fragility of our ties, we understood our physical vulnerability, and we focused on more acute, directly menacing threats. All too often, we sought the solution ourselves, without cooperation, in some cases even against common interests. It was an enlightening disillusionment from shiny Europeans summits. However, no threat has disappeared.

We must all deal with a new experience, a new state of mind, a completely different state of the economy and a different degree of confidence in ourselves.

The pre-crisis debate on the internal reform of the Union, driven by the German-French tandem after the departure of antagonistic Britain, is getting a completely new momentum. The budget will be entirely different. We need new crisis management capacities. The economic downturn requires a European solution. The pandemic and the ensuing economic shock will undoubtedly speed up China´s rise. Is Europe able to counter new challenges in unity?


Climate policies in Central Europe: The EU´s trouble makers?

Anna Kárníková


Debating workshop: Introduction to debating and argumentation

Tereza Vicková

The students will learn the theory and practice of debating according to the Oxford-style rules. First, they will explore the basic concepts of proper argumentation as well as what is considered to be argumentation fallacies. After the indtructory part, they will be divided into small groups and will get the chance to try their newly gained skills in practice. Afterwards, they will share their views on what went well and what could have been done better in order to learn the most from the workshop. This activity will enhance students’ key transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis of facts and formulation of arguments and public speaking.

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