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The impact of the US elections on Europe and the future EU-UK relationship

Three experts debate the impact of the 2020 US elections on Europe and the future EU-UK relationship: 
Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, Director of Research Paris Office-German Marshall Fund
Christian Lequesne, Professor at Sciences Po
Richard Johnson, Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.
Debate moderated by Sarah Wolff, Director Center for European Research, Principal Investigator NEXTEUK Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on the future of EU-UK Relations, Queen Mary University of London (Funded by Erasmus + programme)



 Highlights of the NEXTEUK International conference 


Video 1: openings and keynote speech

Conference openings: Sarah Wolff, Agathe Piquet, Kimberly Hutchings

Keynote speech :"Where are we at? The EU-UK negotiations so far and future challenges" by Philip Rycroft (ex-Permanent Secretary of Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) between March 2017 and March 2019), discussed by Tim Bale (QMUL - Deputy Director at UK in a Changing Europe)



Video 2: Roundtable “The impact of COVID-19 on the EU-UK relations”

Discussants: Paul Copeland (QMUL) and Elaine Fahey (City University)

Chair: Agathe Piquet (QMUL)

- Stella Ladi (QMUL): "The EU's socio-economic response to COVID-19"

- Sarah Wolff (QMUL): "Schengen governance in times of pandemics"

- Justinas Mickus (Princeton University): "Competition policy and COVID-19"



Video 3: Policy Roundtable “Turbulent times for the freedom of movement in Europe? The impact of Brexit and Pandemic Politics”

Discussants: Valsamis Mitsilegas (QMUL) and Sabine Saurugger (Sciences Po Grenoble)

Chair: Sarah Wolff (QMUL)

– Claude Moraes (ex-MEP)

- Violeta Moreno-Lax (QMUL)

- Susanne Oberhauser (European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK)

- Nicole Sykes (ProBono Economics, ex-CBI head of EU negotiations)


Video 4. Panel 1- British Euroscepticism and populism

Discussants: Stijn van Kessel (QMUL) and Sofia Vasilopoulou (University of York)

Chair: Agathe Piquet (QMUL)

- Agnès Alexandre-Collier (Maison française d’Oxford):“David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the ‘populist hypothesis’ in the British Conservative Party”

- Franco Zappettini (University of Liverpool): “The tabloidization of the Brexit debate: Power to the (British) people”

- Luca Augé (EHESS): “From Cameron to Brexit: The path to a mainstream and nationalistic British Euroscepticism between 2005 and 2016”

- Gulay Icoz (independent researcher): “New era British Euroscepticism – opposing the expansion of differentiated integration and sailing for an alternative beginning”



Video 5. Panel 2 - The ‘Brexit Moment’ in EU External Action

Discussants:Nicholas Wright (University College London) and Sarah Wolff (QMUL)

Chair : Sarah Wolff (QMUL)

- Nicholas Wright (University College London): “Managing the ‘Great Unmooring’: Re-shaping Britain’s foreign policy for the era of Brexit”

- Amelia Hadfield (University of Surrey): “EU Development Policy post Brexit”

- Benjamin Martill (University of Edinburgh): “Great expectations: The Brexit moment in EU security and defence and the return of the capabilities–expectations gap”

- Marja-Liisa Öberg (Örebro University): “Blessed be the fruit: On Brexit, cherry-picking and the EU’s relations with the neighbourhood countries”


Video 6. Forums "How to teach EU-UK relations and EU integration" (Heidi Maurer, NORTIA and University of Oxford, Britsol University) and "The impact of research on policy-making" (Catherine Fieschi, Counterpoint)

Chair: Sarah Wolff (QMUL)


Brexit: The Scapegoating of the EU for the failures of British Neoliberalism?

Presentation by Humaira Mahmud of the main results of her working paper written from her dissertation which was awarded the CER MA Dissertation Prize 2019. In this dissertation, Humaira puts forth the case that the underlying pressures of economic insecurity caused by decades of neoliberal globalisation were at the root of people’s disaffection, particularly following the global financial crisis of 2008 and the austerity measures enacted thereafter.

Negotiating the future EU-UK relations in the times of pandemic

Dr Sarah Wolff and Dr Agathe Piquet are joined by Professor Anand Menon (KCL), Professor Patrick Le Galès (Sciences Po Paris), Dr Elvire Fabry (Institut Jacques Delors) to discuss how the ongoing EU-UK negotiations have been impacted by COVID-19.

In conversation with Dr. Ruben Zaiotti (Dalhousie University) - Episode 3: NEXTEUK Virtual Seminar Series online, European integration and the future of EU-UK relations in times of COVID-19

What has been the impact of the current pandemic on borders and on Schengen? Is Schengen in danger? How human rights taken for granted are affected by the measures adopted in Europe? Would new views on migration appear? What could be the consequences on the EU?

COVID-19: perspectives from Greece, Serbia, France, the UK,  the Netherlands - Episode 2: NEXTEUK Virtual Seminar Series online, European integration and the future of EU-UK relations in times of COVID-19

Five NEXTEUK experts (Dr Stella Ladi, Dr Davor Jancic, Dr Agathe Piquet, Prof Tim Bale, Dr Sarah Wolff) discuss how different European States have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and what could be the impact on the European construction?

In conversation with Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration (Boston) - Episode 1: NEXTEUK Virtual Seminar Series online, European integration and the future of EU-UK relations in times of COVID-19

What has been the EU and the EU member States answer to COVID-19? What are the consequences on European integration? How have reacted populist leaders and parties? Is the current pandemic an opportunity for populism? What is the future of social Europe and of the Welfare State in Europe? How would the Brexit negotiations and the EU-UK relations be impacted by the situation? 

Insights from Negotiating Strategies - Roundtable highlights

What are the next steps in the negotiation process, and how will key players such as France and Germany influence the discussions?

What's next for British Democracy?

The potential consequences of Brexit on UK parliamentary democracy, and Europe are discussed by Prof Pauline Schnapper (Sorbonne Nouvelle), Prof Tim Bale (QMUL), Prof Prof Helen Drake (Loughborough) and Dr Sarah Wolff (QMUL).

Dr Saskia Hollander debates the strategic use of referendums in Europe based on her book ‘The Politics of Referendum Use in European Democracies’.