IEP annual academic conference on “A Roadmap for the Future of Europe: Differentiated Integration within or beyond the Legal Framework of the Lisbon Treaty”, 19 September 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, Germany. The conference, which aimed to debate a roadmap for the EU’s future in terms of analyzing the possible ways out of the current crisis and discussing the different prospects for the future composition and structures of the European Union, prominently featured differentiated integration in the analysis. The following questions were discussed during the conference: The Political Union and integration- how will the institutional architecture be affected? What role does differentiated integration play regarding the different EU policy areas? Will the Lisbon Treaty provide a sufficient legal base for further European integration? What are the benefits and perils of treaty revision including a Convention? What are the dividing lines in Europe and how can the emerging North-South divide and UK be managed? Contact person: Dr. Funda Tekin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
German-Nordic-Baltic Forum on “Europe under Pressure – How to Overcome Divisions and Secure EU Strength and Coherence”, 21 and 22 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik and Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Tallinn, Estonia. The ninth nation meeting was devoted to current questions about the state of European integration and the European Union’s future survival. This is the 5th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum, which first seeked to discuss issues from a national perspective before exploring a range of common interests and developing coordinating strategies.
23rd German-Hungarian Forum and 3rd German-Hungarian Youth Forum on “The Future of Europe: Retrospective and Outlook- Basic Values, Reforms, and Solidarity’’, 28 and 29 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik, German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungarian Council of the European Movement, European Institute Budapest, Network European Movement Germany, and Europa-Union Deutschland, Budapest, Hungary. A series of speeches, panel discussions, and working groups addressed current issues in the EU that were relevant to German-Hungarian relations.