The Norwegian Institute at Athens invites you to a panel discussion with the topic “Recasting Europe in Times of Reflection”. The panel will include scholars from Greece and Norway and it will take place at The Italian School of Archaeology at Athens (Parthenonos 14, Koukaki) starting at 6 PM.
Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and a decade since the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, debating Europe’s political future is again high on the academic, policy and public agenda. Some of the questions raised in these times of reflection include: Can Europe sustain itself as a polity capable of directing its publics into higher levels of symbiosis? Can states commit themselves to a common strategy for the future in view of present and emerging challenges and crises which impact on the conditions of their unity and, crucially, solidarity? Moreover, can Europe discover new social and institutional channels of bringing itself closer to its citizens? Also, can it still accommodate the demands for ‘unity in diversity’? It all comes down to a question of European polity orientation and identity. Recasting Europe in times of reflection thus offers the possibility for a dialogical exchange on its current and future state.
Michael J. Tsinisizelis, ‘Is there a federal future for Europe?’, Head of Department and Professor of Theories of European Integration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, ‘Revisiting Europe’s polity condition’, Professor of Theories and Institutions of European Integration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Jan-Erik Grindheim ‘How federal is the European Union?’, Associate Professor, Institute for Industrial Economy, Strategy and Political Science, University of South-Eastern Norway.