The Future of Europe:

A roundtable to mark UACES 50th anniversary

14 December 2017, 17:30

Brussels School of International Studies


Brussels School of International Studies

Coinciding with the December European Council and our 50th anniversary, UACES hosted a round-table discussion reflecting upon the Future of Europe.

Panelists shared their views and reflections on the scenarios laid out by the Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe in March, and President Juncker's preferences for a defence union, a more centralised economic and monetary union under a social Europe as delineated in the State of the Union address to the European Parliament.

Many of the Future of Europe plans are not new, but are rather reiterations of ambitions scattered across 60 years of European integration history. Panelists considered why these plans re-emerge, and whether conditions for their success are now better than in the past, or whether they are likely to fail once again. The Future of Europe proposals come at a time of convulsion in Europe. They aim to tackle rising euroscepticism and populism and address those convulsions, however, do they risk stoking the fire of euroscepticism further? Do Juncker's plans sufficiently address the underlying root causes of popular dissatisfaction with the European project (inequality, impact of financial crisis)?

This was a lively and interesting discussion of the important issues facing the European Union in 2017.

Watch a recording of the event below:



Browse more UACES events


17:30 - 19:00 – Roundtable: The Future of Europe

Chair: Dame Helen Wallace (British Academy Fellow)


19:00 - 20:00 – Drinks Reception

Travel Support (Postgraduate and Early-Career)

UACES has a longstanding commitment towards assisting and providing opportunities for early-career scholars.

UACES Student and Early-Careers Members can receive financial assistance (up to 50% of travel expenses) subject to terms and conditions, to attend this event. Find out more.

If you are not yet a UACES member, you can join here.


Brussels School of International Studies

Espace Rolin

Boulevard Louis Schmidt 2a

1040 Brussels




Registration is now closed

Browse more UACES events