21 November 2011
Europe in Crisis: Making sense of complexity
The future of Europe will be the focus of a forum hosted by the European Union Centre at RMIT University on Tuesday, 29 November.
Europe in Crisis: Making sense of complexity will hear from speakers including Polish Ambassador to Australia, Andrzej Jaroszyński, and former Australian Ambassador to Italy, Rory Steele.
European Union Centre Director, Professor Bruce Wilson, said the current crisis would shape the next phase of the evolution of the EU but some of the coverage of the events lacked understanding of the complexity of the processes involved.
"Some of the reporting has focused on short-term issues and failed to provide a reasoned overview of the importance of this moment in European history," Professor Wilson said.
"Some extraordinary reports have linked all kinds of social ills with the current activities of European bureaucrats - even the British riots were blamed by some on the existence of the euro!
"We hope this forum can offer some genuine insights into these complexities and provide scenarios of future developments, examining the ways in which the European Union might evolve over the next 10 years."
The European Union Centre at RMIT is funded through a grant from the European Union and RMIT.
What: Europe in Crisis: Making sense of complexity
When: 12.30-2pm, Tuesday 29 November
Where: Emily McPherson Building, RMIT Building 13, Level 3, Room 7, corner of Russell and Victoria streets, Melbourne
Andrzej Jaroszyński, Ambassador of the Republic Of Poland to Australia
Rory Steele, former Australian Ambassador to Italy
Dr Bruno Mascitelli, President of the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia; Swinburne University
Contact: Amanda Crichton, (03) 9925 0876
For interviews: Professor Bruce Wilson, (03) 9925 8214 or 0414 236 765.
For media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.