Over the past decade, the European Union has often been described to be in a constant state of crisis. The sources of these challenges are quite diverse: some are external to the institutional framework of the EU, such as the migrant and the Corona crises; others – such as Brexit – are directly linked to the specificities of European integration. While political conflict and change are features of normal, everyday politics, these crises have – despite all their differences – challenged the ideational, institutional, and constitutional underpinnings of the EU’s political order.
While EU politics have certainly become more contested and while the pressure on existing institutions and arrangements is rising, we argue that there are also many instances in which challenges of the status quo have led to more powers, a stronger role of the EU, and constructive policy solutions. Hence, the ubiquitous use of the crisis narrative should not only compel us to explore processes of discontinuity, but also processes of continuity, stability and renewal.
The lecture series from the CAS Research Focus “Order Contestation” (spokespersons: Professor Kiran Klaus Patel, history, and Professor Berthold Rittberger, political science) aims to engage in a more detailed analysis of the concept “crisis”.
- 22. November 2023
Europa denken. Gelingendes Konzept oder monströses Gebilde?
Dr. Constanze Itzel (Haus der Europäischen Geschichte, Brüssel), Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel (LMU), Karoline Meta Beisel (SZ)
- 13. December 2023
Europa (Be)Schreiben: Narrative und Erzählungen
Prof. Dr. Astrid Erll (Universität Frankfurt a.M.), Robert Menasse (Wien), Katja Petrowskaja (Tiflis/Berlin), Dr. Nils Minkmar (SZ)
- 17. January 2024
The Fragmentation of Political Order: Europe and Beyond
Dr. Tobias Bunde (MSC/Hertie School Berlin), Prof. Dr. Ursula Schröder (Hamburg), Dr. Moritz Weiß (LMU)
- 30. January 2024
Gibt es eine europäische Verfassungsidentität?
Prof. Dr. Dieter Grimm (HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haltern (LMU), Prof. Dr. Eva Ellen Wagner (Augsburg)
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