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Does the European Union have a future?

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Auditorium - Doherty Institute

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Europe has been buffeted by a succession of crises in recent years, notably the crisis of the euro, the refugee crisis, the decision of the UK to leave and more recently the arrival in the White House of a new US President who sides with those militating for disintegration on the European continent.

What has gone wrong with the European project, a revolutionary political experiment that was meant to deliver (and in fact did deliver for many years) peace, democracy, open borders and constantly rising living standards through the gradual sharing of sovereignty? What are the main challenges facing Europe and the European project and what if anything can be done to relaunch the project? What would be the consequences of failure for Europe and beyond in times when globalisation and the liberal global economic order can no longer be taken for granted?

Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, will chair and moderate this seminar, with opportunity for audience Q&A.

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Loukas Tsoukalis is currently Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), and Visiting Professor at King's College London and the College of Europe in Bruges.

He taught for many years at Oxford University and he later became Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science as the first holder of the Eleftherios Venizelos Chair. He has advised the former President of the European Comission and the former President of the European Council.

He is the author of many books, including some of the bestsellers in the field. His latest book In Defense of Europe: Can the European Project Be Saved? was published in 2016. He has received academic distinctions and awards, including the Legion d'Honneur of the French Republic for his contributions to European integration.

This seminar is co-presented with the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia.

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