This spring the Hungarian Europe Society organized, and the Central European University (CEU) hosted, a workshop on current European Union political tensions, spurred on by the White Paper on the Future of Europe proposed by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker early this year.

The workshop titled Reforming the EU – Central European Perspectives, hosted several highly praised academics including Christian Joerges (Professor of Law and Society, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin), Dimitry Kochenov (Chair, EU Constitutional Law, Department of European and Economic Law, University of Groningen), Laurent Pech (Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law and Head of the Law and Politics Department, Middlesex University, London) or Kim Lane Scheppele (Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts).  In a cosy and friendly atmosphere, we have discussed European Union’s malaise: first diagnosing its problems to discussing their solutions.

Daniela Lenčéš Chalániová’s contribution hypothesized upon the democratic legitimacy of the five kinds of political orders as proposed by the White Paper, and the likelihood of these orders ever coming to life. A policy paper will follow suit.

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Publication date: July 17, 2017