Dr. Hartmut Gerhard Seifert: The European Union under threat: Brexit and the migrant crisis
We are pleased to announce a presentation by Senior Research Fellow Dr. Hartmut Gerhard Seifert of Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut (WSI):
The European Union under threat: Brexit and the migrant crisis
The seminar aims to discuss some current major challenges for the European Union (EU). The EU, the world’s biggest single market, is under threat not only from the ongoing financial and economic crisis of some Member States (mainly Greece and Portugal) but also from the possible withdraw of Britain and the flood of asylum seekers, which caused severe political tensions among the Member States. These problems raise the question should they regarded as the beginning of a disintegration of the EU or at least will they initiate a far-reaching reform of the institutional framework of the EU? Because there is no historical experience neither how to tackle with the withdrawing of a Member State from the EU nor with a flood of asylum seekers, it is difficult to find appropriate answers. The aim of the course is to figure out the problems and to discuss the risks, the advantages and disadvantages and to weigh them. For the understanding of the impact of Brexit and the migration crisis it seems to be necessary to explain what the EU is, how it works and what the institutional framework is. The European Union is the best example of “regionalization”, the development of a regional market with common employment relations standards, and a regionalization initiative that is more developed than comparable supranational agreements like ASEAN or NAFTA. As such, it is the first example of a region with employment relations standards that cross national borders. What are the benefits for Member States and what are the costs?
For further information, contact Takashi Watanabe, Assistant (GSL) on firstname.lastname@example.org.