Summer School debates the new politics of rise of Euroscepticism

More than 30 graduates – about half doing PhDs – drawn from 9 of the 11 Europaeum’s leading European universities took part in a lively six-day summer school earlier this month hosted with Charles University, backed by the Institute of Political Studies and the Institutes of Economics. See here for a list of participants. Almost one in four MEPs elected to the European Parliament last year are Eurosceptics – buoyed by concerns over migration and feelings of crypto-nationalism right across the Continent, as well as anti-austerity, anti-liberal, anti-Brussels, anti-elite, anti-Eurocracy, and anti formal politics sentiments, together with the aftermath of the Eurozone crisis, so there was plenty of discuss.

See here for a participants’ report. As usual students enjoyed warm hospitality at the event which involved working groups, panel discussions, a public debate, a lively role-playing exercise, and graduate presentations from some 18 graduates. There were talks and keynote contributions from, among others, from Professor Jiří Pehe (Director, NYU Prague); H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg (former Czech Foreign Minister); Dr Paul Flather (Mansfield College, Oxford); Professor Václav Hampl (Senator on European Affairs).  A keynote was delivered by Vaclav Klaus, the former President and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Special thanks to our local academic collaborators, Dr Vladimir Benacek and Dr Janusz Salamon, not forgetting our Liaison Coordinator Ing Ivana Halaskova.