UC Berkeley's Summer 2014 EU Center of Excellence Newsletter is now available online. Meet our visiting scholars, read synopses of our major events in 2013-14, and learn about our sponsored research on the European Union. Go to the Newsletter here.
First Ever European Presidential Debate, Live on TV and Internet
The First European Presidential Debate took place on Monday, April 28th in Maastricht and worldwide on the internet. The debate, hosted by the City of Maastricht, Maastricht University, Connect Limburg and the European Youth Forum, saw several candidates for the presidency of the European Commission battle out key issues on the future of Europe.
The debate was held in front of an audience of 700 young people and broadcast live in 13 languages on Euronews. The candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker (European People's Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party), Ska Keller (European Green Party) all answered questions from thousands of young people all over Europe.
Moderated by Euronews lead presenters Isabelle Kumar and Chris Burns, the debate is online at www.eudebate2014.eu, on euronews.com and focused on three main themes: the European economy - crisis and growth; the future of Europe and rise of Euroscepticism; and Europe's foreign policy role.
Visiting Scholar Branislav Radeljić
The European Union Center of Excellence is pleased to welcomeBranislav Radeljić to serve as its Distinguished Visiting EU Scholar during Spring 2014. Professor Radeljić teaches International Politics at the University of East London, and is currently also a Telluride Association Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the relationship between the European Community, Yugoslavia, and the post-Yugoslav space, He is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2012), and editor of Europe and the Post-Yugoslav Space (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) and Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014). While at Berkeley, Professor Radeljić will give three public seminars:
Europe at the Margins
Europe and the (post-) Yugoslav Space: The Policies of Intervention and Integration
In this lecture, Branislav Radeljić offers a fresh analysis of European Community involvement in the collapse of the Yugoslav federation. He shows how the two parties failed to develop strong economic, political and social links that could have been of crucial importance at the moment of the outbreak of the Yugoslav state crisis.
The Kosovo Question: Issues, Official Discrepancies and Consequences
Since the early 1980s, Kosovo has been increasingly present in official debates, culminating with the 1999 international intervention in the region and subsequent talks about its final status. In this lecture, Branislav Radeljić shows that although the Kosovo Albanians proclaimed independence in February 2008 and the majority of EU member states decided to recognize Kosovo as an independent state, Western European rhetoric has been rather divided.
European Challenges: Crisis, Next Enlargement and European Identity
Is there a space for optimism with regard to the future of the EU, given the present concerns? Has the much-glorified European integrationist project reached its peak? Is the current EU all about its rich and dominant member states who do not want to understand much about the weaker ones?
EU Center 6th Annual Educator Workshop
The European Union Center at UC Berkeley was pleased to host educators from secondary schools and community colleges in the Bay Area and throughout California to the Sixth Annual Educator Workshop on the European Union, held in late February on the UC campus. The event was lively and well attended.
An array of topics relating to EU history and policy- making with UC Berkeley scholars. Professor of Sociology Neil Fligstein opened the event with a lecture titled “Is European Integration Causing Europe to Become More Nationalist?”
Among some of the other topics explored were these: The Eastern Partnership: The Euro Flexes its Muscles (and Russia Fights Back); EU Environmental Policy Making at the Crossroads; and Connecting Communities and Students through Research: The European Science Shop Model at Berkeley.
The workshop was free and open to any California educator; the EU Center of Excellence at UC Berkely is proud to be able to give back to the community and foster greater knowlege of the EU throughout California schools.
For a Credible, Growing, and Open Europe: Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013: Priorities, Achievements, and Visions for the Future
The EU Center was pleased to welcome H.E. Lithuanian Ambassador to the U.S., Zygimantas Pavilionis, to deliver the Fall 2013 EU Presidency Lecture on October 3, 2013.
Ambassador Pavilionis joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, where he was instrumental in achieving Lithuanian accession into NATO and the European Union. Between 1993 and 2009, he has held various high-level positions in the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mostly focusing on Lithuania’s relationship with the European Union. Most recently, Ambassador Pavilionis acted as Ambassador-at-Large and Chief Coordinator for Lithuania’s Presidency of the Community of Democracies and Chief Coordinator for Transatlantic Relations. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Vilnius University, Lithuania.