The internal affairs of the European Union are heavily influenced by broader global developments. Today, this is evidenced by the euro and refugee crises that have their origins in global rather than internal EU developments. The same can be said of other key issues that the EU has faced in the past and is facing today like (in)equality, environmental degradation, energy dependence and the rise of populism. Both their origins and their effects have reached far beyond the borders of the European Union.
Professor Patel, Jean Monnet Professor of European and Global History, argues that we need a less EU-centric form of studying the past and present of European integration. What happens to our view of the European Union and its predecessors if we look at such transnational phenomena and the interconnections with other international organisations? Rather than seeing the EC as a kind of gold standard, with its alleged exceptionality serving as the yardstick of interpretation, Patel proposes that we integrate other forms of international and global cooperation into the analysis in order to deepen our understanding of global governance.
13.00-13.45 Keynote lecture 'Lonesome Rider? The History of European Integration in a (More) Global Perspective' by Kiran Klaus Patel, Jean Monnet Professor of European and Global History
13.45-14.15 Q&A and discussion