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ACES and SPUI25 have joined forces to organise a series of five roundtables: a Virtual Visions of Europe series on Pandemic Politics and Corona Crisis Response. In each roundtable ACES experts and external guests will discuss the pandemic from a specific angle. From 29 April to 27 May we will stage a roundtable every Wednesday night at 20:00. The video's will also be published online. 

The current Covid-19 pandemic confronts the European Union and its member states with unprecedented challenges. Public health ‘competition’ between countries instead of cooperation, leading to the closing of borders even in the Schengen zone. An economic slump unfolding on a scale not seen since the 1930s. Ever-increasing north-south and east-west divides in Europe. These challenges come on top of the ‘polycrisis’ experienced by the EU and it members states over the past decade: first the financial and euro crises, then the refugee and migration crisis, followed by Brexit, alongside rising euroskepticism and attacks on the rule of law in a growing number of member states.  At the same time, moreover, the multilateral global order within which the EU operates is increasingly challenged by the hostility of nationalist leaders such as Putin and  Trump, but also the re-positioning of China in global affairs.

How will the European Union emerge from this crisis? Will the Union come out stronger, with a larger budget, more powers to coordinate public health measures, and reinforced solidarity within the Eurozone? Or will the EU’s inability to reach agreement and take the lead on critical issues in fighting Covid-19 result in a long-term weakening of its internal authority and external influence, or even a full-scale collapse of the European project, as Emmanuel Macron has warned?

April 29: Public Health: Diversity and (Non-)Coordination

On procurement and distribution of medical supplies, and their implications for free movement and border controls – should the EU be given stronger powers?

Speakers

  • Maria Weimer – Associate Professor of European Law at the UvA
  • Anniek de Ruijter – Associate Professor of European Law at the UvA
  • Alessio Pacces – Professor of Law and Finance at the UvA
  • Scott Greer – Professor of Health Management and Policy, Global Public Health, and Political Science at the University of Michigan

Moderator: Jonathan Zeitlin - Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the UvA and ACES Academic Director

Watch the session here

 

May 6: Socio-Economic Policy and Crisis Response

What will be the economic and social impact of the pandemic? How are the EU and its member states responding?

Speakers

  • Frank Vandenbroucke – UvA University Professor
  • Roel Beetsma – MN Professor of Pension Economics at the UvA
  • Arnoud Boot - Professor of Corporate Finance and Financial Markets at the UvA
  • Jean Pisani-Ferri - Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair in European Economic and Monetary Integration at the European University Institute and Senior Fellow at Bruegel

Moderator: Jonathan Zeitlin

Watch the session on Youtube

 

May 13: The National and European Politics of the Pandemic

How is the Covid-19 pandemic affecting politics at the national and European level?

Speakers

  • Theresa Kuhn - Associate Professor of Political Science at the UvA
  • Brian Burgoon – Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at the UvA
  • Sarah de Lange - Professor by Special Appointment – J.M. den Uyl Chair, at the UvA
  • Catherine de Vries - Professor of Political Science at Bocconi University (Milan)

Moderator: Jonathan Zeitlin

Watch the session here

May 20: Changing Geopolitical Orders

What are the implications of the crisis for the EU’s relationships with other global and regional powers?

Speakers

  • George Blaustein – Associate Professor of American Studies and History at the UvA
  • Artemy Kalinovsky – Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the UvA
  • Julian Gruin  - Assistant Professor of Transnational Governance at the UvA
  • Heinz Gärtner - Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna

Moderator: Luiza Bialasiewicz

May 27: W(h)ither the EU?

How will the EU emerge from the crisis?

Speakers

  • Jonathan Zeitlin - Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the UvA and ACES Academic Director
  • Frank Vandenbroucke - UvA University Professor
  • Theresa Kuhn - Associate Professor in Political Science at the UvA
  • Erik Jones - Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Bologna

Moderator: Luiza Bialasiewicz

The virtual roundtables will be organized in Zoom. If you want to participate in the live session you need to install Zoom on your computer. You can register for each roundtable at Spui25. After registration you will receive a Zoom link and password. If you prefer not to use Zoom you can watch the event from the next day onwards on YouTube.