ABSTRACT: The integration of Europe has often been seen as bringing prosperity and peace. The European Union has innovated by transcending nationalism and inventing unique forms of cooperative regional governance in which a pluralism of national cultures can flourish. However, in the EU of the early 21st century there are strong disagreements among members exacerbated by a difficult enlargement, voters in several countries rejecting important reforms in national referendums, and chronic legitimacy problems. The financial crisis, labeled the 'greatest crisis in EU history' by EU officials, has increased the uncertainty. This talk is based on George Ross's book publication, The European Union and its Crises: Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite, which presents analyses by EU leaders (including administrative leaders in European institutions, European parliamentarians and key political figures) of the great problems and prospects the EU faces.
SPEAKER BIO: George Ross is Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair and Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal, Canada and Faculty Associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, USA. He was previously Chair of both the European Union Studies Association of the US (EUSA) and the Council for European Studies. Among his recent publications are What's Left of the Left? with James Cronin and James Shoch (2011), Euros and Europeans: EMU and the European Model of Society with Andrew Martin (2005), and Jacques Delors and European Integration (1995).