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17.04.2015.

Political Power and Leadership in the European Union


Summary


How can conservatives shape the EU policies? How can they define their aims and methods of their achievement?


Program

17th April

 

16.00-20.00

The conservative response to the evolution of the European Union and the challenges of the contemporary politics

- How can conservatives shape the EU policies? How can they define their aims and methods of their achievement?

- What model of the European integration and EU evolution is acceptable for conservative politicians and experts? What are the limits of their acceptance?

- Is conservatism still a useful notion for the long-lasting tradition of making European politics in the contemporary world ?

- Do values still matter in Europe? What are they now from a conservative point of view?

- Should the conservatives support the idea of strengthening the EU’s role in the international affairs? Is such idea realistic in the current circumstances?

- Can we at least think of the conservative leadership in the European Union taking into consideration the trends which dominate in the contemporary culture and politics?

- Is it the devil’s alternative for the conservatives: to be faithful to their principles or to be politically successful?

Speakers: Ferenc Hörcher, Miłowit Kuniński, Marek Magierowski, Ryszard Legutko, Artur Wołek, Martin Weiss, Bronisław Wildstein

 

18th April

 

10.30-13.00

Europe at a crossroads: political and ideological challenges for the Central European Countries

- What model of the European integration and EU evolution is acceptable from the perspective of the national interests of Central-Eastern European countries? What are the limits of their acceptance?

- What should be done with the social legitimization of European institutions? How to answer the question of deficiency of democracy in the non-elective EU bodies? Would a democratisation of the EU be beneficial for Central-Eastern European countries or weaken their position?

- Should the economic interests of the Central European countries be decisive in their policies within the EU?

- How do the Central-Eastern European political elites treat their role in the European politics: from the perspective of the national interests or ideological principles, or rather as an element of an internal political rivalry (what dominates: the idealistic or pragmatic approach)?  

- Should we seriously think of the EU collapse? What would be the costs and the benefits of such situation from the Central-Eastern European perspective?

Speakers: Adam Burakowski, Jaroslav Daniška, Adrian Papahagi, Martin Slaný, Virginijus Valentinavičius, Lenka Zlámalová

 

13.45-16.00

The political power in the European Union

- What should be the division of competence between the nation states’ centres of power and the EU institutions that could be acceptable for the conservatives?

- What do we learn about EU’s formal and informal decision-making mechanisms when we analyze its role in the current international crisis in the Eastern Europe?

- What are the informal mechanisms used by the EU to enforce the member states to accept and apply the EU law in the individual state’s policy within the EU? And how can the member states oppose these mechanisms?

- What is the influence of bilateral and multilateral cooperation among the groups of member states on the decision-making processes within the EU?

- What is the influence of non-state institutions: media, business, NGOs, informal interest groups on the EU policy?

- How can conservatives stop the growth of the Brussels’ bureaucratic structures?

- How to make the decision-making processes within the EU more efficient (concerning preparation and the decision making) without weakening the interests of all the member states, irrespectively of their potential or their political importance within the EU structure?

Speakers: Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Csaba Törő, Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski


Location

Krakow, Poland


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