CANCELLED - The Role of Central Europe in the European Integration Process: an Integrating or Disintegrating Force?

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30.10.2017 | 11:30
- 13:00
Atlanta, GA

Lunch and Discussion with Prof. Birgit Glorius

In 2004 and 2007, ten East Central European Countries joined the European Union, which represented its biggest enlargement process. While EU membership offers manifold opportunities for individual citizens and state economies, the process of internal integration into the European Union as an area of freedom, security and justice means a continuous effort, frequently framed by regression into nationalist thinking.  During the recent challenges in the field of refugee migration and security constraints in the European Union, East Central European countries are frequently taking on an opposition role by, for example, rejecting Muslim asylum seekers or generally rejecting a stronger role in the redistribution of asylum seekers. The strong role of populist parties and nationalist tendencies is also characteristic of recent developments in East Central European countries. In this context, the role of Germany as a link between East and West and as a strong partner in Europe is crucial. In the lecture the general social and political developments of the East Central European EU member states are reflected, and further development perspectives as a result of the German elections of fall 2017 are discussed.

Speaker Bio:

Prof. Birgit Glorius

Prof. Birgit Glorius is an expert on demographic change, as well as transnational migration and integration who lectures at the Technical University in Chemnitz.  We are particularly happy to have identified a speaker from the East who can deal with identity formation and the reception of refugees in Europe from that geographic perspective.  As a senior researcher at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, she dealt with student and labor migration, as well as such urban development issues as mobility and public transport.  She has written extensively on the challenge of diversity, the asylum crisis and barriers to migration.  She is very much focused on the rise of populism, particularly from the vantage point of East Central Europe. Her presentations will include commentary on the impact of the German elections in September 2017.



Date: Monday, October 30, 2017

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

GACC South
1170 Howell Mill Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30318

Free for member of the GACC South;
$15 for non-members


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