The European Union has set out to reshape itself into a “geopolitical force”. As incoming European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen articulated that she would lead a “geopolitical Commission” with The European Green Deal as the centrepiece of it strategy.
Being the largest market in the world with the second highest defence spending, and the world’s largest
development-assistance budget, the EU has significant transformative potential. However, the EU is limited by the fragmentation of the European power both between and within EU institutions and member states.
The challenge of economic recovery from covid-19 has exposed the need for greater solidarity amongst European leaders. At the same time, the pandemic provides an opportunity for boosting European integration internally and for implementing a new external geopolitical vision.
This Summer School will review the developments in the European Union during 2020, noting the impact of the pandemic. It will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the EU’s approach to tackling a broad range of issues, and will provide an opportunity to consider how these issues can be covered in learning and
teaching activities in Australia.
WHEN: 19-20 January 2021 from 9-5
WHERE: EU Centre @ RMIT University, City Campus, Melbourne
Hosted by the European Studies Association Australia New Zealand (ESAANZ) with the support of the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University. The project is co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ and Jean Monnet Activities.
Melbourne Multicultural Hub
506 Elizabeth Street