Valdai Paper #54: The EU's Crises and its Future


At present, five problem areas can be singled out in the EU’s development. These are crises of internal political leadership and solidarity, the stability of a single currency and economic growth, normative leadership, immigration and the terrorist threat, and finally, legitimacy

The paper looks at each of the five crises, and predicts how each one will develop and influence European integration, as well as the presence of a Russian factor in them (if any). The author concludes that despite apocalyptic outlooks, the EU will not collapse and crises will stimulate some further consolidation, although further integration or improved relations with Russia should not be expected.

About the author:

Tatiana Romanova, Doctor in Political Studies, Associate Professor at European Studies Department, Saint Petersburg State University, Head of Jean Monnet Chair.

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