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KINT 7745 - Main Challenges and Policy Choices in the European Union

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 42

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course looks at the bigger picture in an attempt to identify long term trends influencing the capacity of EU institutions to deliver the goods. Ιt draws lessons from Europe's multiple crises in recent years and examines in some depth the main challenges and policy (or political) choices facing Europeans today. It covers a wide range of issues and policies, including the economic crisis and widening inequalities, the rise of populism and democratic failures, the creation of new lines of divisions between and within countries, Brexit and its likely consequences, as well as the way in which Europe relates to the rest of the world. It has a strong policy orientation and requires some knowledge of economics, although not of a technical nature.

Supplementary readings: (optional) Selected policy papers and op-eds in: 1. Bruegel:; 2. Vox Europa: 3. Notre Europe:


  • BENDJABALLAH, Selma (Ingénieure de recherche)
  • TSOUKALIS, Loukas (Emeritus Professor at University of Athens)

Course validation

Students are expected to prepare before each session (see detailed syllabus), engage in discussion during class, write one essay of 1500 words (either in English or in French) and prepare/participate in one group presentation in class

Required reading

Tsoukalis, L. (2016) In Defence of Europe: Can the European Project Be Saved?