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The EU Centre at RMIT invites you to hear Dr Petar Kurecic speak on the topic of the European Union's primary security and social concerns and discuss factors threatening its future development.
The EU’s primary security and social concerns include the present immigrant/refugee crisis and the freedom of movement within the EU, the “never-ending” War on Terror and the war in Syria, the debt crisis of the southern members (Greece in particular), the political and economic relations with Russia, the energy issues (i.e. ensuring the gas supply), which all threaten the future development of the EU.
As an economic and monetary union (partly), with the elements of a political union, the EU is experiencing a deep social and economic crisis. The crisis’ longevity and intensity are partly caused by the decision-making processes in the EU. The legitimacy of the governing structures of the EU (“the democratic deficit” issue) is constantly examined and reexamined, mostly because of their inability to resolve the afore-mentioned issues.
The asymmetries between the large and small EU members create differences in their attitudes towards supranational issues that are resolved at the level of the integration. Regional position of the particular EU members plays an even more important role in creating the positions of the states towards the most important security and “civilizational” issues (the acceptance of refugees, among others). The mechanisms needed to improve the EU is also one of the questions that will be covered.
A light lunch will be served prior to the presentation.
About the presenter
Dr Petar Kurecic works as Assistant Professor at the University North, Croatia. He studied geography and political science at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and holds MA and PhD titles in human geography. He worked for the Social-democratic party of Croatia, for the party’s parliamentary club, and was a Dean of the Zagreb School of Business.
His research interests are geopolitics, geoeconomics, and international political/economic relations.