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Is the EU about to implode?

A conversation between scholars.

Venue: Faculty of Economics “Aula” Szeged, Kálvária sugárút 1. Date: November 10, 2016 at 17:00

Is the European Union on the point of collapse? Britain’s vote to leave the EU has encouraged citizens in other EU countries to demand a referendum on membership. The countries of Central Europe are resisting the drive for ever closer political union, and are adamant in their refusal to allow the EU to impose a quota system for immigrants. Meanwhile, it is evident that the economic problems caused by the creation of the euro are far from over, with Otmar Issing, the ECB’s first chief economist warning that the Euro project is unworkable in its present form, and will one day collapse “like a pack of cards.”


More than at any time since its inception the future of the European Union looks uncertain.

These matters will be the subject of a conversation between scholars with international reputations, which will take place under the auspices of the Danube Institute and the Economics and Law Faculties of the University of Szeged.


The conversation will be between Martin Jones, Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and John O’Sullivan, President of the Danube Institute.

The event is introduced and chaired by Béla Tomka, Professor of European Political and Social History at the University of Szeged.


Observing the 19th century Scottish poet and journalist Charles Mackay's comment that states, like individuals, can go made in the pursuit of an illusion, Professor Jones wrote recently: “We might update Mackay’s memoir by noting that at a later age in the annals of Europe, its population lost their wits, fiscal credibility and economic sense over the delusions of an ever-closer European Union.”


David Martin Jones is Honorary Reader in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and Visiting Professor and Teaching Fellow in War Studies at King’s College, University of London. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics, and has taught at the Open University, National University of Singapore, and the University of Tasmania. His works include with Daniel A Bell, David Brown and Kanishka Jayasuriya Towards Illiberal Democracy in Pacific Asia (1995), Political Development in Pacific Asia (1997), Conscience and Allegiance in Seventeenth Century English Political Thought (1999), The Image of China in Western Social and Political Thought (2001) and ASEAN and East Asian International Order (2007) with N. Khoo and M.L.R. Smith The Rise of China and Asia Pacific Security (Edward Elgar 2013) and with M.L.R. Smith Sacred Violence Political Religion in a Secular Age (Macmillan 2014) and The Political Impossibility of Modern Counter-Insurgency (Columbia 2015).


John O'Sullivan is a British conservative political commentator and journalist. During the 1980s, he was a senior policywriter and speechwriter in 10 Downing Street for Margaret Thatcher when she was British prime minister and remained close to her up to her death. O'Sullivan served from 2008-2012 as vice president and executive editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He is currently president of the Danube Institute and editor of the Australian monthly magazine Quadrant. He is also a member of the board of advisors for the Global Panel Foundation, a respected NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world.


Visit the conversation of David Martin Jones, Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, John O’Sullivan, President of the Danube Institute. The event is introduced and chaired by Béla Tomka, Professor of European Political and Social History at the University of Szeged.

 

Venue:

Faculty of Economics “Aula”

Szeged, Kálvária sugárút 1.

 

Date:

November 10, 2016 at 17:00

SZTE Experience


Imane_CherbiImane Cherbi - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Cherbi Imane and I am 23 years old from Algeria. I am spending my last semester at the University of Szeged Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Being an MA student of Applied Linguistics, University of Szeged offered me a chance to gain sufficient knowledge about my field of study. I choose the University of Szeged simply because it is a highly ranked academic institution both nationally and internationally; also because of the variety of programs that they have for international students.

I love everything in Szeged: every corner of every street, I will always keep them in my heart. I take photos of the city when walking around and I am planning to launch a blog to promote this beautiful corner of Hungary among international students. People of Szeged are caring, always smiling and we are living peacefully together. I have never felt isolated or neglected. As a coffee lover, i always enjoy having my favorite type of coffee in different coffees in Szeged. Lookin for calmness and nature vibes, I would certainly walk by the Tisza river whenever I want.


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Gizem Gültekin – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

I am studying at University of Szeged as a former Erasmus student, currently as a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder. Both the institution and the town are wonderful. Many entertainment and sports facilities are provided, and it is also easy to make new friends. It is a great experience to attend the University, and I would like to stay in Szeged and continue my academic studies.

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