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Europe in Question Round Table: Crossing Borders in a Turbulent EU
Thu 18 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
The European Union is experiencing considerable turbulence, both in the domestic politics of its member states and in its international environment. A key characteristic of this turbulence are the close linkages between what is seen as ‘domestic’, ‘European’ and ‘international’, with many tensions and disputes rooted in at least two of these domains. This round table event is designed to explore these linkages and their political consequences with a focus on one area of concern: borders and their maintenance or modification.
Despite ideas of a ‘borderless world’ that have gained currency as part of globalization, there is no doubt that borders retain substantial symbolic and practical importance, and that if anything this has increased in recent years. The tension between borders as barriers and as crossing-places can be seen in a range of European and international processes:
Peace-building and conflict transformation
Integration and disintegration
Migration and its management
Movement of goods and capital
In this round table, we focus especially on issues relating to peace-building and conflict transformation, and migration and its management. Speakers will present a range of views focusing on the politics of North/South relations in Ireland, of Scotland’s place within the United Kingdom, of Cyprus and of migration into the EU and its member states, with the aim of uncovering the conceptual and political dimensions of border management in a turbulent EU.
Professor George Christou, PAIS
Dr Dallal Stevens, Warwick Law School
Francie Molloy, Sinn Féin Candidate for Mid-Ulster
Don Flynn, Founder and Former Director of Migrants' Rights Network
Moderator: Professor Michael Smith, PAIS