The Crisis of the European Union: Polish and Czech Perspectives
Add date: 2012-09-03
Krakow, 21st September 2012
- What do we learn about EU’s formal and informal decision-making mechanisms when we analyze its fight against the crisis?
- What are the results of the coordination of the struggle against the financial crisis on the international level?
- Are the political interests of the individual EU member states prevailing over the economic dimension of the fight against the crisis?
- Will the actual financial crisis bring a limitation of government’s role in economy or will it increase the state control of the economy? How these tendencies influence the EU legislation and policies of the individual EU states?
- Does anyone in EU know how to bring together the necessity of economic reforms (the reduction of expenditure and the increase of competitiveness vis-à-vis non-European operators) and the social costs of the required changes?
- What and whose interests will be decisive in the new EU budget negotiations? Who will be the winners and losers of this process?
- What model of European integration and the EU evolution will be dominant in the coming years? What can its implementation cause concerning the effectiveness – political and economic – of the Union, the role of the national states, and so on?
- What division of authority between nation states and the EU institutions?
- What should be done about the social legitimization of European institutions? How to answer to the problem of deficiency of democracy in the non-elective EU bodies and the democratic control of the individual EU member states policies on the national and EU level concerning the legislation and political decisions of the EU?
- Is an idea of strengthening the EU’s role in the international affairs realistic under the current circumstances? Can the attempts to achieve this goal weaken the position of national states?
- Should we seriously think of the scenario that EU will collapse? What would be the costs and the benefits of such situation, analyzed from Polish and Czech perspective?