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WHAT WILL THE FUTURE EU 27 DO? INSIGHTS FROM THE BRATISLAVA ‘SUMMIT’?
The leaders of the 27 European Union (EU) Member States who will remain after the United Kingdom leaves the EU met in Bratislava in mid-September 2016 for their first major ‘summit’ after the British referendum decision. Their focus was on the future of the EU in the wake of the British departure. Clearly, this conversation was complicated by the level of uncertainty related to the outcome of negotiations between the EU and the UK. Indeed, many other serious issues also continue to confront the European leaders.
However, this was an important opportunity to set the tone for debate on the future of Europe. What did they decide? How does the outcome of the ‘summit’ sit in the wider debates about the future of the European Union?
Anne McNaughton is Deputy Director of the Centre for European Studies at the ANU. Her research focuses on the European Union as a unique legal order in international law. She has been studying this phenomenon since completing her Master of Laws in Tübingen, Germany, in 1991. Her thesis was on the incorporation of the territory of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) into the European Communities following the reunification of Germany in 1990.
Anne’s research is directed to developing a more sophisticated and evidence-based understanding of the European Union in the broader Australian community and the wider Asia-Pacific region beyond the Common Agricultural Policy. She was an investigator on an interdisciplinary ARC Linkage Grant, ‘Australia and the European Union: A Study of a changing trade and business relationship’. Most recently Anne has been researching and publishing on the integration of services in the European Union.