Module 7: Challenges to EU Politics and Governance

Introduction to the Unit: Theories and conceptual approaches to EUropean politics and governance

Part I: So, “what’s wrong with EUrope?…”: the EU as Europe’s worst enemy

 What is EUrope?: Media, public and policy actors’ perspectives

Policy-making in EUrope: Who does what exactly…? 

EU institutions v ‘Europe and the world’ 

The EU, Europe and their (non)nationalist states

The financial crisis and the not-so Single Market 

Mobility, migration and the refugee crisis 

Where now for a common EUropean policy on defence and security?

Enlargement: a thing of the past or the means to uniting Europe?

Part II. “…and how to fix it?”:  Potentials and alternatives for EUrope

Further EUropean integration: An exclusive political club or a two-speed economic union?

The current state of play: EUropean disintegration, conflict and re-nationalisation

Summary and overview of the unit        

Taking stock: Assessing EUropean politics and governance today