CGP Program Director Prof. Klaus Segbers has delivered a popular lecture on the crises affecting the EU
News from Feb 10, 2016
As much as it makes the news in Europe, the future of the EU also appears to be a popular topic for students in the United States as well. Last week, Center for Global Politics Program Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers presented a lecture entitled ‘The EU in Crisis: How serious is it?’ at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University to great success. The event, sponsored by Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Stanford University as well as the European Security Initiative – FSI, was attended by over 70 students.
Within the lecture, Prof. Segbers outlined 6 major areas in which the European Union is facing crises. These were immigration, terrorism, populism, the Eurocrisis, Russia, and the looming Brexit. While each of these issues are significant in their own right, Prof. Segbers outlined his belief that the EU would not disappear in the face of these changes but rather persist. Nonetheless he predicted a time of flux ahead for the union, with some states leaving, and international ties being weakened. Eventually as well, he believed it necessary for the EU to modify many of its treaties to adapt to these changes, however difficult or unpopular this may be.
Proving the popularity of this topic and the general interest it has with the public, the lecture encouraged a large amount of healthy debate amongst its attendees and prompted a number of interesting and well-thought out questions.