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Lecture | European Union Seminar

Eager enlargers, reluctant reformers? Central and Eastern European perspectives on EU’s institutional reform

  • Jan Váška (Charles University Prague)
Friday 26 April 2024
EU Seminar
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

After a decade-long hiatus, Russia’s war on Ukraine has reinvigorated the European Union’s enlargement plans. Scholars and practitioners alike agree, however, that in its present shape the EU is not fit to cope with the challenges of another enlargement. Any step in that direction will thus require reforms of the EU’s institutional setup, decision-making procedures, and budget. As the geopolitical challenge mounts, taboos are being broken and unorthodox strategies discussed.  Where do the Central and Eastern European member states stand in these debates, what are their stakes and red lines, and what are the implications for the Union as a whole?

About the speaker

Dr Jan Váška is the deputy head of Department of European Studies, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czechia. His teaching portfolio covers history and contemporary developments in western Europe, British history and politics, and European integration.  He has published on British foreign and European policy, contemporary British politics, EU institutions and, most recently, on Czechia‘s efforts to improve its status in international organizations.

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