New Directions for the Future of the EU

Earlier this week, I spoke on a keynote panel on “New Directions for the Future of the EU” at the UACES Annual Conference in the historic city of Lille, France. I was joined on the panel—chaired by Andrew Glencross (Université Catholique de Lille)—by Amelia Hadfield (University of Surrey) and Amy Verdun (University of Victoria).

In my remarks, I suggested that the future of Europe depended on which of three ‘big’ ideas predominated. Would Europe move forward through progressivism, with new EU level resources to ensure cooperation on investment in the future in response to Europe’s many crises, such as on economics, energy, climate, and security? Would it move backwards through a resilient neo-liberalism, where austerity would return in response to fears of inflation, without common resources to address the challenges together? Or would it go off the rails with populism, in which case all bets are off?