Asan Plenum

RELEASE EMBARGO DATE: April 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Panel: Back to Modernity in the EU? (G1)
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 / 13:00-14:15
Talking Points for: Stefan Niederhafner, Seoul National University

Core argument: in future, the EU will be a much stronger and tighter Union than it ever was, and this will happen much faster than many currently expect.

  • The Eurozone already implemented various structures and instruments which enforce a “tighter” Union, although of multiple speeds.
  • The UK referendum will remove, one way or the other, one of the biggest obstacles to a closer political and economic cooperation.
  • The Arab spring, the Syrian civil war, but especially the implosion of Ukraine will lead to a much closer military cooperation.
  • Less obvious, but similarly important, will be the impacts of these crises on other EU politics, for example on migration and border controls as well as energy politics.
  • The borders of Europe are not unclear anymore – the EU stays as it is, besides integrating slowly all Balkan states, and the limits of NATO are clear as well.

    The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.