Europe’s Coming of Age

Oct 25, 2023, 12:20 pm1:20 pm
Robertson 002



Event Description

Professor Tsoukalis will present his newly published book Europe's Coming of Age.

Loukas Tsoukalis is Emeritus Professor at the University of Athens, Professor at the
Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po), and President of the Hellenic
Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).His many books include
The New European Economy, What Kind of Europe? and In Defence of Europe:
Can the European Project Be Saved?. He has advised the former President of the
European Commission and the former President of the European Council.

Review of this book by Barry Eichengreen in the Sep/Oct issue of Foreign Affairs:

"In this short, elegant book, Tsoukalis draws on a lifetime of scholarship on European integration to argue that the European Union can exert a moderating influence in a world of polarized great powers. Europe can provide leadership on several global issues, such as data privacy and the green energy transition, where China and the United States are at odds. Yet the EU struggles to reconcile the imperatives of competing in the global economy with the need to fulfill its domestic social contracts. Its member states are burdened by heavy debts and unfavorable demographics. Internal rifts—such as the battle over the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU and disputes between the European Commission and the Polish and Hungarian governments—show that not everyone is happy with the EU’s direction. But to guarantee Europe’s prosperity, liberty, and security, the only way forward is deeper and wider integration. The EU needs a foreign policy focused on its neighborhood and characterized by a combination of engagement and containment. Advancing this policy may require creating a quasi-federal polity freed of the requirements of unanimity that govern—some would say hinder—EU decision-making. A subset of member states may have to move in this direction on their own. Doing so will not be easy, but as Tsoukalis argues, echoing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, there is no alternative."

Organized by the EU Program, co-sponsored by the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Paul S. Sarbanes ‘54 Fund for Hellenism and Public Service