How to democratize the European Union?

One year before the 2019 European elections, Prof. Richard Youngs (University of Warwick) is given a talk on May 3 at 2.45 in the Jean Monnet room at the SciencesPo’s Centre of International Studies (CERI). Prof. Youngs will present his new book entitled Europe Reset. New directions for the EU and will develop on democratic issues that the EU faces.

For Anthony Giddens, Youngs’ book is:

‘An original and provocative contribution to the continuing debate about the future of Europe. The EU at the time of writing seems to be recovering from the succession of problems created by the financial crisis and its impact on the euro. As Richard Youngs stresses, much more is needed. « Output democracy » is not enough – reform must be driven by citizenship engagement and activism, and on a wide scale.’

Youngs is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe where he works on the foreign policy of the EU, especially on questions of democracy support. Before Europe Reset, Youngs has written a dozen of books on the EU.

His talk will be discussed by Prof. Christian Lequesne and Lola Avril.

Former director of the CERI, Lequesne has published widely on the politics of the EU. His last book, published in 2017 (CNRS éditions), is entitled Ethnography of the Quai d’Orsay. The practices of French diplomats.

PhD candidate at the University of Paris Sorbonne, Avril is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Paris Dauphine and SciencesPo. Avril and I lead the research group on the EU (GrUE) of the French Political Science Association (AFSP).

I will have the pleasure to be the chair of this exciting scientific event organised with the support of the CERI and the Doctoral School.  Join us, feel free to spread the word and if you don’t know where the CERI is located, click here!

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