A book Discussion on Professor Jan Zielonka's new book Is the EU Doomed? (Publication date April 2014) took place on 11 February 2014, with discussants Edward Lucas (The Economist), Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antonys College, Oxford), and Andreas Gross (Swiss MP and Head of Socialist Group, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe). The discussion was chaired by Othon Anastasakis (St Antonys College, Oxford).
The European Union is in crisis. Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship, and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an increasingly uncertain future.
In this compelling essay, leading scholar of European politics, Jan Zielonka argues that althrough the EU will only survive in modest form - deprived of many real powers - Europe as an integrated entity will grow stronger. Integration, he contends, will continue apace because of European states profound economic interdependence, historic ties and the need for political pragmatism. A revitalised Europe led by major cities, regions and powerful NGOs will emerge in which a new type of continental solidarity can flourish. The EU may well be doomed, but Europe certainly is not.