Responding To a Confluence of Crises: How the EU Addresses Challenges to Its Internal Dynamics and Cooperation with Neighbors
- Dr. Ian Lesser, Senior Director of Foreign Policy, GMF
- Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Director of the Berlin Office, Director of the Europe Program, and Senior Director of Research, GMF
- Ivan Vejvoda, Senior Vice President of Programs, GMF
- Peter Sparding, Transatlantic Fellow with the Europe Program, GMF
The European Union is currently confronted by multiple internal and external crises. These changing dynamics have called many EU relationships into question and have altered interactions between member states and neighbors alike. Though many problems are mutual, rising tensions among member states have complicated the possibility of cooperation, especially concerning the rising pressure of dealing with the migration crisis. Meanwhile, a resurgent Russia’s influence over the Balkans has impacted these countries’ relations with the EU. As national governments deal with their own issues and common challenges, policymakers are faced with making trade-offs between domestic and foreign policy, which calls into question the decision-making abilities of the European Union.
Given these challenges, the future shape of relations between EU member states and with neighboring countries looks troubling. What will Russian actions in Syria mean for regional stability? Will Russia’s increasing presence in Southeastern Europe have consequences for the Balkans’ EU integration process? How will domestic events in Turkey impact the already serious migrant crisis in Europe, and what will these developments mean for Turkey’s relationship with the EU? Could these crises produce beneficial EU reforms and further integration, or will the existing divisions between EU members grow stronger?
Please join The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) for a timely discussion on these and other issues featuring Dr. Ian Lesser, Senior Director of Foreign Policy, Ivan Vejvoda, Senior Vice President of Programs, and Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Director of the Berlin Office, Director of the Europe Program, and Senior Director of Research.