Montag, 26. Januar 2015, 17:00 - 19:00 iCal

The EU in Crisis

Effects in different policy areas

Aula, Campus, Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien

Diskussion, Round Table

European integration is in a time of crisis: The breakdown of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered a banking and sovereign debt crisis that turned into an economic and political crisis that not only, but particularly, affected the EU – which in parallel also encountered unforeseen problems in its near neighborhood and transatlantic relations. This has a profound impact on different EU policies. The Institute for European Integration Research has therefore initiated a major collaborative project comparing the effects of the euro crisis, in a wide sense, on the EU’s various policy domains, including financial market integration, health, migration, research, energy, foreign and state aid policies.

The panel will present the main findings of the project as well as related research by international scholars, and will debate major aspects from an interdisciplinary angle: What is the crisis’ effect on EU decision-making? Can heightened functional pressures have a facilitating effect and open up “joint-decision traps”? In other words, can the governments find consensus more easily under time pressure and looming disaster? Has the crisis impacted the most central EU policies and, if so, in constraining or enabling ways? Additionally, how much has solidarity been affected in times of crisis?

Panel statements:

Brigid Laffan (European University Institute, Florence): Public finance in Europe in the shadow of the crisis

Michelle Knodt (Technical University of Darmstadt): Solidarity in the EU

Zdenek Kudrna (Institute for European Integration Research, University of Vienna): Financial market regulation - source of and solution to crucial challenges?

Gerda Falkner (Institute for European Integration Research, University of Vienna): Comparing policies with regards to the crisis

Discussant: Robert Rebhahn (Faculty of Law, University of Vienna)

Zur Webseite der Veranstaltung


Institut für europäische Integrationsforschung (EIF)


Brigitte Pircher
Universität Wien
Institut für europäische Integrationsforschung (EIF)