Panel Discussion: "Recasting Europe in Times of Reflection"
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.
Introduction and Welcome, (Jorunn Økland, Professor, University of Oslo and Director, Norwegian Institute at Athens)
How federal is the European Union? (Jan Erik Grindheim, Associate Professor, Institute for Industrial Economy, Strategy and Political Science, University of South-Eastern Norway.)
Revisiting Europe’s polity condition (Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Professor of Theories and Institutions of European Integration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.)
Is there a federal future for Europe? (Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Head of Department and Professor of Theories of European Integration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.)
Reception will follow at the Norwegian Institute, Tsami Karatasou 5, 5th floor.
Jan Erik Grindheim is PhD and Cand. polit. in Comparative Politics. He is Associate Professor in the School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway, Political Scientist at the liberal think tank Civita, and a former President of European Movement Norway. He is the author of "State, Region, Union. Multi-level governance in the European Union” (doctoral dissertation).
Dimitris N. Chryssochoou is Professor of Theories of European Integration in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Honorary University Fellow in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies of the University of Exeter, Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Jyväskylä and Visiting Researcher in the Centre for Political Research and Documentation of the University of Crete. He has been Professor of Theories and Institutions of European Integration at Panteion University, Associate Professor of International Organization at the University of Crete and Reader in European Integration at the University of Exeter and has held visiting posts at the LSE, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Geneva, Oslo, Catania, Malta and Aegean universities as well as at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies, the Centre for European Constitutional Law in Athens and the Norwegian Institute at Athens.
Michael J. Tsinisizelis is Professor of Theories of European Integration in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as Head of Department. He studied in Greece and the United Kingdom and holds a PhD degree from the University of Manchester since 1985. He teaches "Comparative Federalism", "Comparative European Politics", "European Union Politics" and "Theory of European Integration” in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught in several UK Universities and has been an invited speaker in several countries including China, Taiwan, Russia, USA, etc. From 2010 to 2014 he has been the Dean of the School of Law, Economics and Political Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.