Strategic communication themes in the EU and its Member States. Decision and common policies
Aims and scope:
“Strategic communication themes in the EU and its Member States” is a course aimed at offering participants an in-depth understanding of the political processes and major topics of the EU; to introduce them to key debates on EU cooperation and involvement at an international level; to present the current state of the integration process in correlation with the support and opposition to this process; and last but not least, to acquaint the participants with the recent and major events which influence the EU’s position in the international arena.
1. The challenges of European integration process. 2. Democracy, citizenship and legitimacy in the European Union. Progress to increase the democratic legitimacy of the EU under the Lisbon Treaty. Provisions on democratic principles. 3. Member States and the policy behind closed doors. Transparency in the EU Council. 4. Policy-making and the Europeanization of foreign policy. 5. Representation of interests in the European Union. Lobbyists influence on decision-making. 6. Economic and Monetary Union. 7. The economic crisis in the euro area - a short history. 8. Justice and Home Affairs: back to Fortress Europe? 9. Energy - a strategy for development and security. 10. The external dimension of the EU. The need for reform of the Eastern Partnership. 11. The European Union and international negotiations: consistency and credibility. 12. The European Union as a global actor - opportunities and challenges.
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