THESEUS – establishing a European society

THESEUS LogoTHESEUS is a joint activity of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne).

Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS considers itself as European network of thinkers, actors and ideas, whose aim is to promote the mutual understanding of societies in Europe. THESEUS is striving for an open and constructive dialogue about the future challenges of Europe.

For more information please see http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/

 THESEUS Summer School for Young Leaders

• bring together young excellent professionals and researchers

• address global challenges and European answers

• promote transnational interdisciplinary networks

The THESEUS Summer Schools tackle the internal and external challenges which Europe faces. Climate change, energy policy, migration, demographic developments and terrorism are global challenges for which a new European generation has to find ways forward. These issues concern not only political decision-makers but all actors in European societies. At the same time they require complex interdisciplinary international solutions.

THESEUS aims at participants with different national, cultural and professional backgrounds, enabling them to create a sustainable network of young leaders.

THESEUS Final Conference, 17-18 March 2016, Cologne: “The European Union between integration and disintegration – Reflections on the last decade and beyond”

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For more than 50 years, European integration has been called a success story built up around the narrative of an ‘ever closer Union’. Since the financial and economic crisis, however, a serious concern of disintegration has been striking the European Union. Possible scenarios range from a collapse of the EU system to fragmentation, differentiation, and partial disintegration. Exit schemes like Grexit and Brexit are openly discussed, tendencies of renationalisation arise. External pressures reinforce this trend. In view of these manifold challenges, how might Europe’s future look like?

The THESEUS conference dealt with a reflection on the past and current crises taking place in and around Eurotheseus ape, and discussed if and how those have been working as catalysts for further institutional, economic or political integration or caused steps of disintegration. It discussed a set of theoretical understandings, concepts, and definitions of the disintegration phenomenon itself as well as possible causalities and interplays between integrative and disintegrative processes.

More than 100 international academics, politicians, young researchers, and the interested public discussed past and possible future developments of European integration and disintegration processes at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. They found that challenges at hand ask for new political and scientific approaches – leaving some speakers more optimistic than others regarding the EU’s future.

theseus wessels“In EU politics, we have been involved in a lot of subjects, but probably reflected too little on possible crises and adequate reactions to them”, stated Chairholder Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, in his opening remarks. He described the conference as a floor to reflect crises like a possible ‘Brexit’ or ‘Grexit’, tendencies of renationalization and the success of anti-EU parties or the refugee movement towards Europe to better understand such challenges and contribute to an envisaged peaceful future European cooperation.

Defining the term ‘crisis’

Defining the often randomly used term ‘crisis’ was a first step to do so. Hartmut Kaelble, Humboldt-University Berlin, distinguished between five types of crises and positioned the EU in the second most challengeable: a crisis in which both governments and the public are involved. “We are thus not in the worst position contrasting to times after the Second World War in which we faced a system crisis”, concluded the Historian.

Johannes Pollak, Institute for Advanced Studies, stated that the EU has always been about crisis management and that it is even crucial for readjustments to its set-up. The tricky element though was that external developments such as conflicts in Syria or Ukraine affected the EU making it more difficult for the Union to react than to internal conflicts only.

theseus umbachGaby Umbach, European University Institute, illustrated a two-fold picture: On the one hand the EU facing manifold fields of conflicts around EU politics and on the other hand the – despite growing radicalisation among a minority group – relatively positive perception of EU citizens towards the EU environment. She called for the often raised necessity of improved citizen-involvement to solve the conflictual situation at hand ending with a quite optimistic picture.

Reflecting characteristics of the institutional architecture of the Union

theseus neuholdTalking about institutional characteristics of EU crisis management, the panellists stressed a rising importance of intergovernmental decision-making among heads of state or government. This in turn circumvented political debate probably resulting in “more efficiency vis-à-vis less legitimacy” as Christine Neuhold, Maastricht University, questioned when showing the rising number of Trilogues, in which a limited group of representatives of European Commission, Council, and European Parliament arrive at political solutions.

theseus monarJörg Monar, College of Europe, spoke of shrinking impact of European Parliament and Council – despite more competences following the Lisbon Treaty (2007) – due to ‘last-minute decision-making’. Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po Paris, presented a recent study depicting shrinking numbers of legislation and Philippe de Schoutheete, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, illustrated the trend towards informal meetings by the example of talks on the maintenance of the Eurozone.

Discussing conflicts in the EU’s neighbourhood

How crucial a higher attention for developments beyond EU borders and a more active engagement of the EU in solving conflicts in Syria, Libya or between Russia and Ukraine was, stressed for instance Atila Eralp, Middle East Technical University, or Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge. Eralp stated the high potential of the EU in creating partnerships. He called for a more consistent position in EU-Turkey relations. Hill reminded the audience of the ‘mistake’ to address domestic and foreign policy separately.

Outlining possible exits of single member states and EU fragmentation

With regards to possible exits of EU member states resulting from the many facets of challenges surrounding EU politics, Brigid Laffan, European University Institute, warned of domino effects, in which further countries might follow for instance the exit candidate United Kingdom (UK). She moreover addressed exit consequences regarding a new power balance in the EU, in case UK as “critical counter balance” left the Union.

theseus tekinFunda Tekin, Institut für Europäische Politik and Centre international de formation européenne, illustrated that exits on the other hand might also lead to more integration in terms of a ‘core Europe’ and Frank Schimmelfennig, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, presented differentiated integration as a tool for an ‘ever closer Union’.

theseus beggThe official part of the conference was closed with the concluding remarks of THESEUS Chairperson Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, and Iain Begg, London School of Economics and Political Science. Both interpreted the topics on the conference agenda as a sign for the need to actively address problems at hand before action was too late, and to redefine theoretical models of European integration to better address processes of differentiation and disintegration. Wessels furthermore stressed the importance for a continuation of research and teaching to improve the understanding of EU politics and a potential engagement.

Keynote speech and award ceremony

theseus sussmuthAgainst the background of the current crisis situation keynote speaker Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Bundestag, appealed repeatedly: “We must communicate much more”, looking back at many years of involvement in exchange with national and EU political actors. “Today’s politicians need to pay more attention the values and benefits of our community as has been done by heads of state or government in the Union’s earlier years”. She supported the course of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the refugee movement towards Europe – one of the EU’s most pressing ‘crises’. “No quick solution is at reach – therefore it’s best to say we work on it”.  Central elements of that work are engagements in shrinking the percentage of unemployment and social exclusion, argued Süssmuth.

After her speech, the THESEUS Awards were remitted. Joseph Weiler, President of the prestigious European University Institute in Florence, received the THESEUS Outstanding Award for his many years of outstanding engagement in European integration research. The THESEUS Promising Award went to the two junior scientists Leonhard den Hertog, Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and Martin Mendelski, University of Trier.

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THESEUS PhD Workshop 2016, 21-22 January 2016, Paris

THESEUS LogoOn 21 and 22 January 2016 the THESEUS PhD Workshop 2016 takes place at Sciences Po Paris. It gives PhD students and young doctors of the field of European studies the chance to discuss their work with peers and senior academic colleagues. Possible topics to be addressed are the economic crisis, migration fluxes or geopolitical tensions. Applications are possible until 15 November 2015. The call for application and further information are available online: www.theseus.uni-koeln.de. The THESEUS PhD workshop is jointly organized with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence EUCOPAS (www.eucopas.uni-koeln.de).

THESEUS Public Lecture with ECJ President Vassilios Skouris, 19 November 2015, Cologne

downloadOn 19 November 2015, 7 pm, THESEUS welcomes the President of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Vassilios Skouris for a public lecture at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. Registration as of 22 October 2015 on the homepage of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation: www.fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de

THESEUS Inaugural Lecture by Fabien Terpan, Sciences Po Grenoble, 28 October 2015, Cologne

fterpanOn 28 October 2015, 7 pm, Prof. Fabien Terpan will hold his inaugural lecture at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Cologne (Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6, 50931 Cologne). The title of the lecture is: “The relationship and related tensions between the evolution of capitalism and the future of democracy”. The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also kindly invited. Registration until 22 October 2015 via Katrin Schmermund, THESEUS Project Assistant: katrin•schmermund©uni-koeln•de  (katrin•schmermund©uni-koeln•de)  .

THESEUS Award Lecture, 26 October 2015, Cologne

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On 26 October 2015, 7 pm, THESEUS Outstanding Award Winner 2014 Prof. Loukas Tsoukalis, ELIAMEP, and Prof., former director of the MPIfG, will speak at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne on the future of the Eurozone focusing on “Was the European Monetary Union a bad mistake? Should Grexit be the first step for a new system?”. The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also kindly invited. Registration as of 2 October 2015 on the homepage of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation: www.fritz-thyssen-stiftung.deTHESEUS Logo

THESEUS Newsletter September 2015

THESEUS_Newsletter_Sep2015The THESEUS Newsletter September 2015 is now available online.  Twice a year, it features interesting THESEUS project activities, informs about recent and upcoming events and introduces THESEUS partner institutions. The third edition of the newsletter contains the following information:

FEATURE TOPIC

  • THESEUS Summer School 2015

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • THESEUS Europe@Work 2015
  • Inaugural Lecture of THESEUS Visiting Professor Emiliano Grossman
  • Award Lecture of THESEUS Outstanding Award Winner Prof Loukas Tsoukalis

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Centre d‘Études Européennes, Sciences Po Paris

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We wish you an enjoyable reading!

THESEUS Activities end of 2014

THESEUSTHESEUS PhD Workshop at Sciences Po Paris
On 17 October 2014 the THESEUS PhD Workshop takes place at Sciences Po Paris. The topic is ‚The EU after the Crisis’. The workshop is conducted by Prof. Renaud Dehousse, Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po, and Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne and provides 10 PhD students with the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects. www.theseus.uni-koeln.de

THESEUS Visiting Professor Dr. Céline Belot: Invitation to inaugural lecture
THESEUS Visiting Professor Dr. Céline Belot, Sciences Po Grenoble, will teach on euroscepticism at the University of Cologne during the winter term 2014/2015.
On 27 October 2014 at 6 pm she will hold her inaugural lecture on ‚The emergence of the EU as a political issue: cause for despair or source of hope for European integration?’ at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. Registration for the event: aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de

THESEUS Awards for Research on the EU
Two researchers will be distinguished with the THESEUS Awards on Outstanding Research during the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference on 4 December 2014.

THESEUS-PROTEUS Summer School, Seminar for Young Leaders 2014: “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”, 23-27 June 2014, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels

THESEUS LogoIn view of the current debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the seminar dealt with a European Council simulation. Participants were required to prepare and argue the position of a member of the European Council.

The seminar featured speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, business, politics, as well as recognised researchers. Robert Kissack, an experienced researcher from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, accompanied the seminar as THESEUS Resident Researcher. Beyond own teaching the researcher animated the debate and adviced students on group and individual basis. The participants had the possibility to bring in their own academic/professional contributions and to discuss them with the group and the experts. Three days of intensive preparation were followed by a simulation exercise of the European Council.

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2014

THESEUSThe THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European Integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states, with regard to the institutions, policies or policy-making processes of the European Union, from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union or recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Application deadline : 15/06/2014. Further information here.

THESEUS PhD Workshop 2014 “The EU after the crisis”. Sciences Po Paris, 16-17 October 2014

THESEUSThe recent economic crisis challenged European integration and strengthened Eurosceptic political parties in national and European elections. The EU’s response to the crisis seems to give rise a wide range of social, economic and political issues, that this doctoral seminar aims at exploring. It welcomes papers that address the topic from various angles – the efficiency of EU institutions’ responses to the crisis, their impact on the legitimacy of the EU political system and the dynamics of integration, electoral trust and mistrust in the European Union, the impact of policy changes on recent and future enlargement. The convenors of the doctoral seminar are Professors Renaud Dehousse from the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po and Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne. The application deadline was June 15, 2014. More information here.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014

TEPSAiaiTHESEUSThe TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference was held in 24 and 25 March in Rome before the 2014 elections to the European Parliament.

Growth, employment and immigration top the agenda of Italy’s EU presidency. IAI with TEPSA have prepared a background paper assessing these and other challenges and presented a series of recommendations to the Italian foreign ministry. European and national officials as well as European researchers and practitionners participated in the discussions.

Please find here the IAI background paper, the recommendations as well as the programme.

Please find here the report.

THESEUS Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration 2013

Award winners kleinProfessor András Inotai and Dr Francisco Seoane Pérez received the THESEUS Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration, respectively.

The THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration distinguishes people with an outstanding academic record in the field of European integration whose work contributed substantially to the progress of the state of the art. Additionally, the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration acknowledges an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration.

Professor Inotai is a research professor and research director of the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on global and European economic issues, enlargement of the EU and, most recently, on the European crisis management. In particular, the jury praised Professor Inotai’s capacity to link deep economic analyses with reflected political advice. His work, his outstanding expertise and his crucial academic and political contributions have extensively been acknowledged.

Dr Francisco Seoane Pérez is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spain. He received the THESEUS award for his PhD thesis, in which he challenges the concept of explaining the Europeans‘ seeming rejection of further European integration and the lower participation levels in European Parliament elections by the existence of a “communication cap”.

The THESEUS Award Ceremony took place in the Austrian Institute for International Affairs in Vienna on 17th October 2013.

Further information at www.theseus-europe.net

THESEUS Conference “A vision for post-­crisis Europe: Towards what kind of Political Union?” Vienna, 17-­18 October 2013

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THESEUS conference on  A Vision for Post-Crisis Europe: Towards what kind of Political Union?” was organised in Vienna on 17-18 October 2013 in  the Austrian Institute for International Affairs.

Within the last few years a vital debate about the future of European integration has been launched notably regarding the issue of “political union”. Under the pressure of the crisis, the issue of ‘finalité politique’ has again returned to the heart of academic and public debates. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel called countries to give up more powers to Europe “step by step” as way out of crisis. The French President François Hollande declared that he wanted to take a European initiative for a “economic government” and “political union” within two years. In contrast in the UK, a new debate on the repatriation of competences towards the nations has been launched.

While most of the academic and political debates deal with the consequences for the different policy fields or the institutional set-up of the Union, there are only a few exchanges about national perceptions and differing understandings. In order to capture the ambiguous meanings and developments, besides different national perspectives the conference will discuss conceptual and theoretical approaches. In doing so future strategies and roadmaps will be identified.

The are three conference background papers available, written by Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe), Stefano Braghiroli (University of Tartu) and Laura Ventura (Trans European Policy Studies Association).

Here you can consult the Program of THESEUS Conference as well as the Report of the THESEUS Conference.

About the project: THESEUS is a common initiative of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne). Since 2007, THESEUS aims at fostering an open and constructive dialogue about the future challenges of Europe between academia and politics but also between generations. Thereby its purpose is to establish a European interdisciplinary and cross-generational network and to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe. In doing so it enables especially junior researchers to create a sustainable network both of young leaders and of recognised experts from academia and politics.

For more information please visit: www.theseus-europe.net

THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders 2013 “The Future of EU Economic Governance”, 17-21 June 2013, Brussels

logoTo promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans, each year the THESEUS Seminars look for 20 excellent young professionals and researchers to discuss European challenges with high-level experts and decision makers. In view of the current debate on Economic Governance in Europe, the seminar dealt with a Moot Court simulation. Three days of intensive preparation were  followed by the Simulation exercise.

Consult the Program THESEUS Summer School 2013. For further information, please see http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/.

 

THESEUS Doctoral Workshop 2013, May 2013 Paris

THESEUS Doctoral Workshop 2013, The EU and the Global Crisis: Challenges to EU Governance, Policy Responses and the Legitimacy Gap, 21-22 may 2013, Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes, Paris

THESEUS is a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas whose aim is to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, ThESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe. THESEUS is a joint activity of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne). For further information about the project and its activities please visit www.theseus-europe.net,

This THESEUS doctoral seminar allowed doctoral students to exchange ideas and discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues.

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THESEUS Conference “France and Germany in the EU – 50 years after Elysée. The couple viewed by their European partners”, 6-7 December 2012

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Prof. Wolfgang Wessels,(THESEUS and TEPSA chairperson) Mirja Schröder (THESEUS programme director), Brigid Laffan (Outstanding Award), Theresa Kuhn and Claudia Schrag Sternberg (Promising Awards) and Catherine Day (Secretary General, European Commission)

This year’s THESEUS Conference “France and Germany in the EU – 50 years after Elysée. The couple viewed by their European partners”, co-organised by TEPSA and the University of Cologne, took place at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU in Brussels on 6 and 7 December 2012.

Building up on a 50 years’ history of Franco-German relationship, the conference raised the question: What role the Franco-German couple can and will play in the future Europe? The Elysée Treaty, signed 50 years ago by Konrad Adenauer and Charles De Gaulle, can be considered as the beginning of a unique partnership that has played since then a fundamental role in the European integration process. However, none of that would have been possible if the bilateral initiatives had not been endorsed by other member states. Often Franco-German initiatives are characterised as compromise that could prepare the ground for agreements between all member states. Can and will this situation continue in the light of the current crisis? How is the relationship perceived by their European partners from North, South, Central and Eastern Europe?

The conference brought together researchers and politicians from a cross-section of EU member states, such as: Philippe de Schoutheete (Former Belgian Ambassador to the EU), Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (Member of the European Parliament), Alfred Grosser (Sciences Po Paris), William Paterson (Aston University, Birmingham), Gianni Bonvicini (Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome) and Atila Eralp (Middle East Technical University, Ankara). After a short historical look back, Franco-German convergences and divergences nowadays were explored using the two examples of Euro crisis and EU external action.

In the evening of 6 December the THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research was remitted by Catherine Day, Secretary-General of the European Commission, to Brigid Laffan, Professor of European Politics at the University College Dublin for her outstanding academic record in the field of European integration. The THESEUS Award for Promising Research was discerned to Theresa Kuhn and Claudia Schrag Sternberg, both University of Oxford.

For the detailed programme and further information, please visit the THESEUS website. See also the Conference report.

Conference background papers: ” The Franco-German couple: Potentials and limitations” by Peter Valant, Marie Curie EXCAT Fellow and “Which Future for the EU: Political Union, Directoire or Differentiated Integration?” by Laura Ventura, Project Officer, TEPSA.

Mirja Schröder, THESEUS programme director, has been awarded the Ehrhardt-Imelmann-Prize

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Mirja Schröder, THESEUS programme director, has been awarded the Ehrhardt-Imelmann-Prize for her diploma thesis on “A ‘gouvernement économique’ for the Economic and Monetary Union? French and German conceptual convergences within the global financial and economic crisis” (submitted in 2010). Since 1997 the award, remitted by the University Cologne, distinguishes exceptionally motivated and committed students for their excellent theses dealing with socio-political relevant research questions. The award is endowed with 3000 EUR. Congratulations!

Theseus Seminar for Young Leaders 2012 “The Future of EU Economic Governance”, 2-6 July 2012, Brussels

Between the 2 and 6 July 2012 TEPSA and the University of Cologne co-organised the THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders on “The Future of EU Economic Governance” at the Fondation Universitaire. The THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders aims to promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans. This year 18 excellent young professionals and researchers participated at the International Summer School which was followed by a two day European Council Simulation Exercise.

The participants had been accorded their role in the Simulation Exercise already two month before the actual Summer School and had to draft position papers of their delegations. The organisation team paid great attention to the fact that participants did not represent the country of their real origin.

During the Summer School the participants were offered a broad range of information on EU Economic Governance. As in previous years the Seminar featured prominent speakers from international organisations, politics, as well as high-level academics to provide an in depth knowledge on the main topics dealt with in academia as well as on the practitioner’s perspective.

The first panels aimed at giving a general introduction to the broader framework of Economic Governance, especially for participants not familiar with economics. To this end, Iain Begg from the London School of Economics provided an extensive overview of the state of Economic Governance, Jacques Le Cacheux from Université de Pau elaborated on the different issues of the Euro zone and Jean-Victor Louis from the Université Libre de Bruxelles focussed on the legal and institutional aspects of an economic and financial union. Finally, Jacques Pelkmans from the College of Europe completed the introduction into the topic, by discussing different possibilities to enhance growth within the European Union.

Extensive insights from the practitioners’ point of view were given among others by Carsten Pillath, Director General of the DG Economic Affairs and Competitiveness in the Council of the EU who discussed actively with the participants the complexity of the institutional constellations within the framework of Economic Governance. The participants especially appreciated his insights into the way European Council meetings actually work, because they represented a perfect preparation for the later Simulation Game. Moreover, the Summer School aimed at identifying the different national perspectives of euro-insiders and -outsiders. To this end, Brendan Donnelly from The Federal Trust in London focussed on the perception by the United Kingdom; Cinzia Alcidi from the Centre of European Policy Studies in Brussels discussed with Georges Siotis, Member of the Task Force “Greece” of the European Commission, the evolution of the Greek case and Jean-François Jamet from Sciences Po Paris pointed out the Franco-German controversies.

Furthermore, the participants were offered time slots for extensive informal pre-negotiations among their delegations. They were assisted by Iain Begg who accompanied the Summer School as this year’s THESEUS Resident Researcher. Beyond own teaching, he was animating the debate, supervising the working groups and advising the participants on an individual basis, too.

Before and during the European Council meeting, the participants made remarkably use of the full range of means of virtual communication and were especially taking advantages of all breaks to coordinate their work and to find allies for their positions. Even if the negotiations remained friendly and respectful, there could be observed some heated debates on certain issues, especially prior to reaching a final agreement. Last but not least, the European Council Simulation was observed and evaluated by Wolfgang Wessels, chairperson of THESEUS and professor at the University of Cologne. The evaluations submitted by the participants showed that the Summer School with the Simulation Exercise was a very successful and beneficial event.

For further information such as the final report, the conclusions and pictures please see on THESEUS Website.

International Summer School and G20 Simulation Exercise 2011 „Security and Stability in the Contemporary Global Order



The International Summer School and G20 Simulation Exercise on “New Worlds New Ideas – Security and Stability in the Contemporary Global Order” took place on 3-8 July at la Fondation Universitaire.

This event was co-organised by TEPSA and University of Cologne within the framework of the projects THESEUS (www.theseus.uni-koeln.de) and MERCURY (www.mercury-fp7.net/). The Summer School started on Sunday July 3rd, 2011 and ended on Wednesday July 6th, 2011. Academic experts from the MERCURY consortium and the broader academic community were invited to share their expertise on the “Security and Stability in the Contemporary Global Order” with the participants.

Preparations of the G20 Simulation Exercise on the topic “New World New Ideas – Security and Stability in the Contemporary
Global Order” have been completed and the Simulation Exercise was kicked-off May 6th, 2011. 25 participants have been recruited from the entire MERCURY consortium and have changed their identities for the sake of the simulation exercise. Eleven delegations currently prepare their position papers for the G20 meeting that is scheduled to take place in Brussels 6-8 July 2011. The delegations were composed of participants from different institutes and hence were required to explore the contemporary negotiation tools in order to communicate and fine tune their positions across borders and greater distances.

THESEUS Conference on “Which way forward? Three Years after Lehman, Two Years after Lisbon”, Cologne, 24-25 November 2011

The conference took place in the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne from 24 to 25 November 2011. This year’s THESEUS conference discussed present challenges and future perspectives of the EU two years after the Lisbon Treaty had come into force.

Therefore, pressing questions and core issues were discussed with a special focus on the German perspective. How can Europe’s economic future be shaped? Which role and obligation does the Franco-German couple assume? Does leadership mean active search for European compromises or simply crisis management in European affairs?

Moreover, the Lisbon Treaty introduced profound institutional innovations. The conference tried to assess the impact on the institutional landscape. Particularly with regard to EU external action the conference discussed if the innovations and substantive changes stand the test of time.

In the evening of 24 November 2011 THESEUS remitted the Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration 2011. This year’s THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research was given to Prof. Dr. Beate Kohler Koch from the University Mannheim. She had been selected for her outstanding academic record in the field of European integration research. The first award winner, Prof. Dr. Helen Wallace (London School of Economics) also attended the conference.

Please click here to download the report of the conference.

THESEUS/TEPSA Workshop on the Franco-German relationship seen from the outside on 17-18 February 2011

The TEPSA workshop on the Franco-German relationship seen from the outside will take place on 17.-18.02.2011 in Brussels in the framework of the programme THESEUS. Partners of THESEUS alongside TEPSA are the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the special role of the Franco-German couple in recent and longer term political and institutional evolutions of the EU. The workshop is especially interested in the perceptions of the ‘Franco-German tandem’ from the point of view of other EU-countries. Together with experts coming from all over Europe we will discuss its impact and role in the management of the current financial and economic crisis and the reform of EU governance in this policy field, for the evolution of EU enlargement and external action, and for the reform of the EU budget. A roundtable will discuss the role of France and Germany in the construction of the EU and their bilateral and multilateral relations at crucial points of the evolution of the European Union and ask what role the couple plays after the entry into force of the treaty of Lisbon.

THESEUS-ECOPAS PhD Workshop 2016

THESEUSTheseus-Eucopas PhD Workshop 2016
21-22 January 2016, Sciences Po Paris

 

On 21 and 22 January 2016, the Theseus-Eucopas PhD Workshop 2016 “Recovering from the Crisis? The Uncertain State of the EU” took place at Sciences Po Paris. It offered graduate students the chance to discuss their research about the impact of different crises such as the economic crisis, migration fluxes or geopolitical threats on the European Union with renowned professors of Sciences Po Paris and the University of Cologne. David Schäfer, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was rewarded the Best Paper Award for his profound analysis of the Banking Union.

THESEUS Award

THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration

Call for nominations

THESEUS calls for nominations for its research award. The award distinguishes a person with an outstanding academic record in the field of European integration, whose work

  • contributed substantially to the progress of the state of the art, and/or
  • demonstrates a profound comparative understanding of the states and societies of Europe, and/or
  • has influenced academic and political debates in Europe.

Disciplines covered by the award include especially – but not exclusively – history, humanities, philosophy or social sciences. The award is endowed with 5000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2010.

THESEUS is a common initiative of Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne). Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between members of the academic world and political actors about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco‐German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Nominations: Deadline 31/05/2010
Please send the filled nomination form, including a short justification, an academic CV of the nominee and a list of his or her main publications via e-mail to Nicole Ahler (ahlern©uni-koeln•de) and via ordinary mail to the address indicated below. A major book publication can be an asset (please send a copy).

The language of the application dossier should be English, there is no limitation concerning the language(s) of the nominee’s publications, neither any restrictions in terms of national or geographical origin. Direct applications are not accepted.

Please find the nomination form at: http://www.theseus-europe.net/.

Contact and further information:

Nicole Ahler, M.A. (ahlern©uni-koeln•de)
www.theseus‐europe.net ‐ www.theseus‐europa.net

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2010

 

Call for applications

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration will distinguish an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

· with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

· from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

· recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2010.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Applications: Deadline 31/05/2010

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your ongoing research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 31/05/2010 via e-mail to Nicole Ahler, M.A. (ahlern©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

 

Contact and further information:

Nicole Ahler, M.A. (ahlern©uni-koeln•de)

www.theseus‐europe.net ‐ www.theseus‐europa.net

Postal address:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (Coordinator THESEUS)

Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science

To the attention of Nicole Ahler

University of Cologne

Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6

50931 Köln

Germany

 


Past events at the Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne – Autumn 2014

CologneSteering Group Meeting “PEGASUS”
6/7 November 2014, German Turkish University, Istanbul

The PEGASUS project hosted a steering group meeting in Istanbul to further discuss and finalize the work on a joint integrated European Ph.D. programme.

Prof. Dr. Christine Neuhold gave a guest lecture on 7 November: “Elections to the European Parliament 2014. What is really different this time?”

Inaugural Lecture: THESEUS Visiting Professorship
27 October 2014, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne

On 27 October, THESEUS Visiting Professor Dr Céline Belot held her inaugural lecture ‘The emergence of the EU as a political issue: cause for despair or source of hope for European integration’ at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. In her speech the French researcher from Sciences Po Grenoble analyzed both general developments and characteristics of politization within the EU as well as specifics of the French case. Her lecture was followed by a lively discussion with the audience, in which single aspects could be closer depicted.

Remittal ceremony of the THESEUS Awards 2010

In the evening of 2nd December 2010 THESEUS will remit the Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration 2010.

The first THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration will be discerned to Professor Helen Wallace from the London School of Economics. She has been selected for her outstanding academic record in the field of European integration. Her work contributed substantially to the progress of the state of the art. The award which is endowed with 5000 EUR will be remitted by Alfred Grosser.

This year’s THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration will be discerned to Virginie Van Ingelgom (Université catholique de Louvain) and Mareike Kleine (London School of Economics). The award distinguishes excellent pieces of research by a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states. The award is endowed with 3000 EUR.

THESEUS Seminar and Conference, 29 November – 4 December 2009, Berlin

THESEUS Seminar and THESEUS Conference on “EU in crisis”

The THESEUS Seminar and the THESEUS Conference to be held in Berlin between 29 November and 4 December will deal with the topic of “EU in crisis”, try to take “one step back” and to ask how we should define the term ‘crisis’, which role major crises played and play for European integration and how the EU governance capabilities are to be evaluated with respect to different types of crisis.

Whereas the THESEUS Seminar targets PhD students and young professionals working in public administrations, diplomatic services, NGOs, national ministries, interest groups or the media the THESEUS Conference will bring together leading experts from both European and national academia and politics as well as the participants of the THESEUS Seminar and interested public.

During the conference the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2009 will be presented.

For further information: http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/

THESEUS Summer School 2015 in Brussels, 22-26 June 2015

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THESEUS Summer School 2015

  “Justice, Security and Liberty: Conflicting Goals?”

22-26 June 2015, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels

To promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans, each year the THESEUS Summer School looks for 25 excellent young professionals and researchers to discuss European challenges with high-level experts and decision makers. THESEUS is a well-established European network of thinkers and actors whose aim is to foster a dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe (www.theseus-europe.net).

THESEUS Summer School 2015

In view of the current debate on the consequences of Charlie Hebdo, the THESEUS Summer School 2015 will deal with the topic of “Justice, Security and Liberty: Conflicting Goals?” followed by a Moot Court simulation on “Data Retention”. The simulation exercise is carried out in cooperation with the PROTEUS project of the University of Cologne. The Summer School will feature speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, business, politics, as well as recognised researchers. 

THESEUS Award 2011

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2011

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

  • with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or
  • from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,
  • recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2011.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

 

Applications: Deadline 16/05/2011

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your ongoing research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 16/05/2011 via e-mail to Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

 

Contact and further information:

Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de  (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)  )

www.theseus‐europe.net ‐ www.theseus‐europa.net

 

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2013

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field oflogo European integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states:

 * with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

 * from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

 * recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 €and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in October 2013.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Applications: Deadline 15/06/2013

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and situating your work in your on-going research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 15/06/2013 via e-mail to Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

Contact and further information: Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de  (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)  ), www.theseus‐europe.net

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2015

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The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European Integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states
• with regard to the institutions, policies or policy making processes of the European Union,
• from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union or
• recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.
The award is endowed with 2,000.00 EUR and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The award ceremony will take place during the THESEUS Conference in Cologne on 17th-18th March 2016.
THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association, Brussels, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas, and to foster the open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe.

Application: Deadline 01/09/2015
Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your on-going research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 01/09/2015 via e-mail to Aline Bartenstein, M.A. (aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de  (aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de)  ) and Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de  (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)  ). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for the publication or Ph.D. thesis.

www.theseus‐europe.net

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THESEUS Award

 

 

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2011

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

· with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

· from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

· recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2011.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Applications: Deadline 16/05/2011

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your ongoing research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 16/05/2011 via e-mail to Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

Contact and further information:

Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (href="mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de">mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)

www.theseus‐europe.net

THESEUS Award

 

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2011

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

· with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

· from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

· recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The deadline for nominations was 16 May 2011.


Background Paper for THESEUS Conference “A Political Union: clear concept or constructive ambiguity?” by Laura Ventura

logoLaura Ventura, Project Officer at TEPSA, wrote a background paper “A Political Union: clear concept or constructive ambiguity?” for the THESEUS Conference “A vision for post-crisis Europe: Towards what kind of political union?”, organised on 17-18 October in Vienna.
The topic of political Union has remained a fundamental question since the early debates on the European Political Community in 1950s and the Fouchet Plan in 1960s. Nowadays while coping with the crisis, the need to set-up a political Union has become a priority. A post-crisis Europe ‘era’ and a political Union are closely interlinked. Yet the visions of head of states and governments differ  largely on the degree of sovereignty they agree to give up and thus to transfer to the EU level. Although vague, the concept as such is not new but its meaning has evolved over time. Before the crisis in the 1990s, the concept of political Union encompassed a set of various policies. The crisis and post-crisis period urged EU leaders and head of state of governments to complete an Economic and Monetary Union. The  concept of political Union has thus shifted to focus on the coordination of economic policies, although not only.
The crisis has shown the limits of the Lisbon Treaty to provide an adequate coordinated economic response. In order to enhance further integration, although the Treaty offers some possible developments to establish a political Union, discussions on a new Convention to install a federal economic government for a fiscal union and a new Treaty have already started and will be further debated at the occasion of the next European elections.
This paper will discuss to what extent a political Union represents a clear concept or a constructive ambiguity, from its origins to what kind and how to enhance its achievement.