Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

European Union: unity or differentiation?

22 February 2012 | 4.00pm | Seminar
School of Law, The Liberty Building, University of Leeds

Speaker: Dr Matej Avbelj (Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Kranj, Solvenia)

Recent weeks in the European Union have witnessed a revival, indeed, an outbreak of interest in a differentiated integration. Several political leaders, influential opinion-makers and a growing number of academics have argued in favor of the-so called two-speed Europe.

Admittedly, various instances of differentiation – as opposed to complete uniformity – have always been part of the process of European integration. They have been, however, due to the prevailing ideology of uniformity subject to a negative normative attitude and have been considered exceptional, a kind of momentary digression from the linear, unidirectional course to an ever closer union. Now, when the idea of a (more) differentiated European Union is apparently gaining momentum, the following questions ought to be considered.

  • What is new in the debate on differentiated integration?
  • Do these novel theoretical and practical circumstances, to be identified in the talk, signal a genuine move towards a more differentiated and therefore markedly different European Union from the one known so far?
  • Is this a normatively attractive evolution of European integration or, conversely, its defeat, marking the demise of the original European idea(l)?

Location Details

Seminar Room G.33
School of Law
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT

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