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Challenges for the European Union: Is the Geopolitical Commission the Real?

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Challenges for the European Union: Is the Geopolitical Commission the Real Deal?

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The European Union has set out to reshape itself into a “geopolitical force”. As incoming European Commission President, von der Leyen articulated that she would lead a “geopolitical Commission” with The European Green Deal as the centrepiece of it strategy. Being the largest market in the world with the second highest defence spending, and the world’s largest development-assistance budget, the EU has significant transformative potential. However, the EU is limited by the fragmentation of the European power both between and within EU institutions and member states. The challenge of economic recovery from covid-19 has exposed the need for greater solidarity amongst European leaders. At the same time, the pandemic provides an opportunity for boosting European integration internally and for implementing a new external geopolitical vision.

This Summer School will review the developments in the European Union during 2020, dominated as this time has been by the impact of the pandemic. It will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the EU’s approach to tackling a broad range of issues, and will link these issues with learning and teaching activities in Australia.

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