Joint Panel 2: The EU-ro crises and the end of the Good Life? Competing national understandings and visions of the EU in times of crisis

Time Slot: 
Wednesday 23rd March 11:00 - 12:30
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Arianna Giovannini (De Montfort University)
Panel Discussant: 
  • Dr Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Maria Elisabetta Lanzone (University of Genova)
  • Mr Francesco Capuzzi (University of Milan)
  • Dr Fabio Sozzi (University of Genova)

This is one of three joint panels which are supported by the following seven Specialist Groups: French, Comparative European Politics, German, Greek, Italian, Irish and Scandinavian Politics Specialist Groups.

There has been much talk and academic analysis about the multiple crises which have troubled the EU in recent years. Media reports and academic research have strongly focused on the enduring economic crisis which includes the Euro crisis that resulted from the global financial crash in 2007/8. However, the EU has also been confronted with political and cultural crises which are threatening to endanger the entire post-Second World War ‘European project’. Importantly, the EU is under threat no longer only from Eurosceptic right-wing parties and movements but increasingly also from Eurosceptic left-wing parties and movements. One central reason for the multiple crises is that different competing (national and sub-national) understandings of the EU and its future exist. These differences have not only been affected by Europe’s different national cultures and identities but also by how, within members states, different constituencies of voters have perceived their interests to have been affected by free trade, globalization and deepening integration.

The proposed joint panels aim to draw on the expertise of the members of various Specialist Groups by seeking contributions which critically assess different national and sub-national understandings of the EU (and the Eurozone specifically) and its future. To this end, we seek contributions focusing on how the multiple EU crises are perceived and what remedies are proposed in one or several member states by different constituencies (e.g. employees/employers; ‘ordinary voters’/members of the political class; ‘natives’/migrants) over different time periods.