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European integration in times of a global pandemic

Season 1, Ep. 21

“Europe has to be seen from its many differences, but in the end the common law is the hope for compromise and further cooperation.”

Institutional challenges in the European Union have been exacerbated by the pandemic at the same time that EU enlargement has been put aside. Agreed in July 2020, the recovery fund Next Generation EU, brought hope of further integration and collaboration.  

But will we observe institutional changes and a shift in power relations towards Central and South-Eastern Europe? How could Brexit lead to EU institutional recovery and reform? 

To answer these question, Sebastian Schäffer is welcoming the Austrian Historian and University Professor Dr Michael Gehler.  

Formerly head of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary History Research in Vienna, the European Commission awarded him the position of "Jean Monnet Chair" for European history. Professor for contemporary German and European history, Dr Gehler is the head of the Institute for History at the University of Hildesheim in Germany. 

Artwork recommended by the guest: The Towel of Babel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1953.  

CEE – Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group.  

Host: Sebastian Schäffer, IDM Managing Director

Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie 

Proofreading: Jack Gill

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