In June, Europeans will take to the polls to elect their representatives in the European Parliament. Nationalist sentiments may be rife, but the themes that are likely to feature in the upcoming European elections are more prescient than ever. What will be the future of the Green Deal, how should the EU operate in an increasingly insecure geopolitical environment and how should the arduous question of migration be dealt with?

The answers to these questions will determine the future of European member states, as well as that of Europe as a whole. However, the democratic structure of Europe is one of a kind. This means that at the European level, it is not always clear where the power is located. We should therefore ask ourselves: who decides on the future of Europe?

This lecture series, organised by Maastricht University, explores the most pressing issues faced by Europe today. It examines the EU’s history, current affairs and possible futures. Each week, a renowned expert will shed light on the EU’s role in their field, and on how European elections are likely to shape its course in years to come.

The individual lectures:

  1. 28 February: Introduction on the EU and its Institutions: How Democratic is the EU? by Koen van Zon (Postdoctoral researcher, Studio Europa Maastricht)
  2. 6 March: Migration by Hein de Haas (UvA)
  3. 13 March: Climate: Can the EU Lead the Fight Against Climate Change? by Hannah Prins (Writer, climate activist and European Climate Pact Ambassador)
  4. 20 March: Geopolitical Europe, by Sophie Vanhoonacker (Professor Administrative Governance Department of Political Science, UM)
  5. 27 March: The European Economy in a New Era of Superpower Rivalry, by Sander Tordoir (Senior economist, Centre for European Reform, Brussels).