EUSA presents: The rule of law – the situation in Poland and Hungary

Upcoming events – The rule of law: the situation in Poland and Hungary

In recent years, the European democratic project has been threatened due to incipient attacks to the rule of law in Member States, with Poland and Hungary being at the forefront. In the case of Poland, judicial reforms result in a lack of judicial independence that could not only be viewed as a breach of the EU fundamental values but could also put the EU integration at risk.

As a cornerstone of the EU, the rule of law must be properly protected in order to safeguard European cooperation. Which measures could the EU take in response to the developments in Poland and Hungary? And to what extent are they effective, desirable and possible?

On the 7th of November EUSA organises an event in which this topic will be discussed.

KvanKruisbergen_2018We would like to introduce to you, our guest-speaker for this event: Ms. Kristel van Kruisbergen, who is currently conducting a PhD research on the principle of mutual trust and the respect for the rule of law in the European Union. Various cooperation mechanisms in the European Union are based on the principle of mutual trust. Yet, when there is a breakdown of the rule of law in one of the Member States this could affect EU cooperation on the basis of mutual trust. She will examine whether the principle of mutual trust leaves (sufficient) room to safeguard the respect for the rule of law in the Member States. In the context of her PhD, she focusses on both Poland and Hungary as Member States where the rule of law is currently, according to some, under threat.

We look forward to inviting you all to an evening focused on some of the most pressing issues in Europe today.

Location: B017 at the Law faculty (KOG) in Leiden
Time: 7th of November, 18.00
See you there!

Introducing the newsletter!

The EUSA newsletter committee was established in early 2018, and is now back with renewed energy! The newsletter committee consists of five engaged members who’s committed to providing us with interesting insights every months. The newsletter will consist of in-depth articles about current European affairs, interesting interviews, reflections of past events, and an overview over what is currently happening in the association.

Stay tuned for our first edition of this semester, you’ll find it in your inbox the 15th of November! Not yet signed up to our emailing list? Just fill in this form and that’s no longer a problem.

EUSA and Center for Sustainability present: MEP Bas Eickhout on the EU’s response to climate change

Climate scientist turned politician Bas Eickhout has been a member of the European Parliament for the European Green Party since 2009. During his work he has been involved in many of the EU’s signature climate policies. Moreover, having been involved in the negotiations that led to the 2015 Paris climate agreement, he is now working hard to keep the EU on track to meet its emission reduction commitments.

Together with the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Sustainability, we will ask Bas about his work, his experiences and, most of all, his vision for Europe’s sustainable future. What has been achieved so far? What remains to be done? Where should the EU’s focus lie in the coming years?

Apart from getting an in-depth view on the EU’s climate policy, this event offers a chance to get to know more about the work of an MEP and the inner workings of the European Parliament. Naturally, there will also be room to ask any questions you may have!

We look forward to welcoming you at Leiden University’s Wijnhavenkwartier in The Hague (Turfmarkt 99) on Tuesday the 3rd of April from 15:00 till 17:00. Tell your friends!

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MEP Marietje Schaake on the European Parliament’s Present and Future

Our first event of 2018 is here!

On the 2nd of February, Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) will join EUSA to talk about her work and share her views on the future of the European Parliament.

Ms Schaake has been a member of the Parliament since 2009 and focusses on topics such as international trade and the digital single market. During her visit, Ms Schaake will firstly reflect on her day-to-day activities within the Parliament and shed light on the topics she deals with.

Afterwards, the discussion will turn to the institution itself. The aftermath of the Brexit vote and the 2019 European elections have set in motion discussions across the EU about the future of the European Parliament. How can we strengthen the connection between European citizens and the Parliament’s daily activities? Shouldn’t we be able to vote for European, rather than national parties? And what to do with the 73 seats which will remain once Britain leaves the EU?

We look forward to welcome you all to this interesting discussion, taking place on the 2nd of February, from 16:30 to 18:30, at KOG (Law Faculty Building) in the Grotiuszaal (A051).

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EUSA’s new Treasurer: David Naus

IMG_8348Meet EUSA’s Treasurer for 2017/2018!

Name: David Naus

Studies: History

Function: Treasurer

David Naus: “The European Union, a project hitherto unrivaled on the world theater in its ability to interlock sovereign states in an economic and political union has been one of my greatest interests for as long as I can remember. So, it is a great honour for me to be able to join the next board of EUSA. My first-ever experience with European integration was back in December 2001. A month before the Euro’s official introduction as the new currency, the Dutch government gave all its citizens a blue book encased with 25 guilders worth of Euro’s. After I proudly opened my new book it dawned me that I was witnessing something significant. I was little at that time, but I knew that the Yugoslavian Wars ended just a month before. This new currency seemed momentous because multiple European nations had just been at each other’s throats and now twelve other European nations decided to come together in pursuit of some sort of higher goal. From that moment on I wanted to know more about his magnanimous project that is the European Union.

This union celebrated its sixtieth birthday this March and we all need to take stock. Has the intrinsic duality of a supranational and intergovernmental superstate given the EU a prospect of exponential growth or is it holding further European integration back with its rigid bureaucracy? In which way is the internal European market a valuable resource of sustainable economic growth and when do member states deem it necessary to accept the authority of EU institutions of law above their own? All these questions are relevant in understanding and debating the European Union, the place that 510 million people call home. The board of 2017-2018 is going to organize a great year, with interesting speakers, debates and numerous other EU-related activities. I invite all the current and future members to join in, discuss and learn more about the European Union.”

Would you like to join David in the new EUSA board? You can still apply for the functions Secretary, EUSA Ambassador and Student Parliament Coordinator. More information about the positions: Apply now by sending your cv and motivation to!

EUSA President 2017-2018: Leander Cingöz



We would like to present to you upcoming year’s EUSA president Leander Hskn!

Leander Cingöz will take over the presidency right before the new academic year starts (2017-2018). During the next few months, the present EUSA board and Leander Cingöz will set up the new board, draft new plans and projects for the next semester and transfer the powers from the resigning board to the new board.

Are you interested in a board position? Apply now for the positions Secretary, Treasurer, Assessor, External Affairs Officer or Student Parliament Coordinator. More information about the positions:
Please send your motivation and cv to

Leander Cingöz:

“When I started my bachelor’s degree in European Studies in 2011, the EU was facing some of the most difficult economic and political challenges in its history. By 2016, it seemed that the future of European integration was becoming bleaker, with Brexit, the rise of nationalism across European countries and political unrest in the Union’s neighbourhood serving as tools for Eurosceptics to declare the decay of European integration. 2017, however, proved to be year of renewed optimism and a prevalence of pro-EU forces across several Member States. Notwithstanding these developments, the challenges the EU faces today are likely to shape the Union’s future, for better or worse.
It is clear that, in order to weather these storms, the European integration project will need to find new impetus. The Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe offers several prospects on how to continue from here and address these issues. Are we aiming for a multi-speed Europe? What roles must the Commission and Parliament obtain? What will be the role of those excluded from Europe’s ‘core’ states? All these are questions which are set to provide for an interesting exchange of views and visions.
In just one year, the 2016-2017 EUSA board has achieved significant success in turning a young association into an established platform for students wishing to discuss EU politics. As the new President, I wish to build upon this success and continue to offer students the opportunity to express their views. The coming months already provide ground for interesting discussions. From September’s State of the Union speech by Commission President Juncker to, as the latest UK elections have shown, even more complicated Brexit negotiations, I welcome everyone to join our events, take part in debates and, of course, enjoy a drink in good company!
A lot of interesting opportunities lie ahead which, as a President, I will not be able to seize alone. A team of visionary and creative minds is necessary to pursue the association’s success and mission. I am therefore looking forward to working together with students from different academic disciplines and with different political interests and ensure a continuous progress of EUSA and its activities.”

EUSA Parliament presents: European Defence


This Friday, the Student Parliament Commission on European Defence will present you the results of its work it has done so far.

The past few months, the Commission on European Defence has dedicated its time to conceptualise and define a political framework in favour of a more concrete and coherent defence policy, regarding current and future challenges of the EU.

While enjoying a drink in our room at Café de Keyzer, the Commission will give a presentation about the processes and the proposed innovations.
After the presentation, the Commission would like to debate its work and proposals with the participants in the assembly and to hear your opinions! You will be able to ask the Commission questions, to provide them with new ideas and to debate its proposals.

Furthermore, at the end of the evening there will be room for questions about the open Board positions, for which the deadline to apply is at the end of this week.

Join us to hear about the European Defence Commission’s results, to introduce possible amendments and to perfectionate its work!
Please press “going” if you want to attend.

Date: Friday, 2nd of June
Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Location: Café de Keyzer, Leiden

Symposium: “The Future of Europe”


The 2017 elections in Austria, Holland and France seem to have turned the tide for the European project. However, the European Union still faces multiple challenges and it seems that the politicians who voice the widespread discontent with the Union are bigger than ever. The EU is on a crossroads: should we be optimistic or sceptical about its future? It’s up to a new generation to exchange thoughts about their future of Europe.

On the 31st of May, the EUSA organizes a symposium about the future of Europe in cooperation with B.I.L. and BASIS. Three prominent speakers will provide their (geo-)political view on the future of Europe. Afterwards, there will be a discussion where you will get the chance to participate and share your thoughts on this subject.

Come and debate your Europe on the Spanish Steps at the Wijnhaven dependance of Leiden University from 19.00-21.00.

We hope to see you there!

Date and time: 31th of May, 19.00-21.00
Location: Wijnhaven, Spanish Steps

Facebook event: Symposium: “The Future of Europe”


Applications open for EUSA Board 2017/2018


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EUSA is looking for new board members for the period of August 2017 – July 2018!

Are you interested in the European Union and its future, will you be studying in Leiden or The Hague next year, and do you want to gain experience as a board member of a student association?  Apply now to become a member of the board of the European Union Student Association!

The European Union Student Association (EUSA) organises  interesting lectures, debates and other events on different EU-related topics.

For the new board, we are looking for the following five positions: President, Secretary, Assessor, Treasurer, External Affairs Officer and a Student Parliament Coordinator. More information about EUSA and the specific board positions are to be found at

Are you interested? Please send your motivation letter and cv to

Is there a European Culture?

On the tenth of April, EUSA organised a lecture with Dick Pels, on the question: Is there a European culture? After which the students debated theses like “European culture is necessary for European integration” and “a European identity implies a loss of national identity”. Opinions varied among the students. Conclusion: European culture is an interesting, but very complex topic.

We thank Dick Pels and everybody who participated. See here the pictures of the evening.

Presentation: Thomas Huttinga & Dick Pels, moderator: Judith Jansen