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!

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).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/944520952368350/

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EUSA Parliament presents: European Defence

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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”

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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

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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

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Is there a European Culture? In Conversation with Dick Pels

On the 10th of April, the European Union Student Association (EUSA) organises the lecture “In Conversation with Dick Pels: Is there a European Culture?”. For more information, scroll down.

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On the 10th of April, the European Union Student Association (EUSA) organises the lecture “In Conversation with Dick Pels: Is there a European Culture?”.

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The speaker Dick Pels (1948) is a Dutch sociologist and political writer. He was Professor of Sociology & Communications at Brunel University, London, chairman of the left-liberal thinktank Waterland and director of Bureau de Helling, the research foundation of the Dutch Green Party. His most recent book “A Heart for Europe. The Case for Europatriotism”, was published in 2016.
He wrote: “European civilization is the never-ending quest for a more gentle, more relaxed, more trustful and less dangerous society: a society in which people are no longer afraid of each other, of their institutions, or of themselves. But Europe currently finds itself in the eye of a ‘perfect storm’, being chased by the multiple dangers of populist nationalism, Russian revanchism, neoliberal financial havoc, religious terrorism and refugee chaos. Facing these violent challenges, we urgently need to rethink our European ideals of peace, freedom, democracy, sustainability and the good life. It is urgent that we regain the original passion which lay behind the European project, in order to rescue the idea of a civilized European patriotism from the politics of fear which is conducted by both rightwing and leftwing nationalists.”
Pels will speak with us about whether there is a European Culture or not, what this culture is and what consequences this has on the European Union.

After the lecture there will be a debate in which we’ll consider the question “Is there a European culture?” on the basis of various interesting theses. Everybody attending will have the opportunity and be invited to join this debate.

Location: room 3.18 Wijnhaven, The Hague
Time: 7-9pm

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Exploring Brexit: an unprecedented story

Last Monday, EUSA and Juridische Faculteitsvereniging Grotius organized the lecture ‘Exploring Brexit: an unprecedented jouney‘ with two critically acclaimed speakers Felix Klos and Armin Cuyvers. Felix Klos argued Churchill’s view on Britain regarding the European Union, while Armin Cuyvers discussed about the legal consequences of Brexit and triggering Article 50.

The Event was terrific! We thank the speakers and everyone who attended!

Lecture – Exploring Brexit: an unprecedented journey

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Exploring Brexit: an unprecedented journey

On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. This historic decision put an end to 34 years of British membership and dealt a heavy blow to the stability of the European Union. The British people started an unprecedented journey, but which path did they take towards the Brexit? And which course will they follow in the future?

On 13 March 2017 Juridische Faculteitsvereniging Grotius and theEuropean Union Student Association – EUSA organize a lecture in which these topics will be discussed by two experts, who will provide a historical/political interpretation placed in a legal framework.

The first lecturer is Felix Klos, a young historian who published a well-received book on Winston Churchill’s vision on European integration and the way his legacy was used in the pro-Brexit campaign. Furthermore, he was also engaged in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and worked during his study for senator Bernie Sanders in Washington, D.C.. He will use a historical perspective to discuss the role that Winston Churchill played in the Brexit debate, the events that resulted in the Brexit and the relation United Kingdom and Europe.

The second lecturer is Armin Cuyvers, assistant-professor of European law at the Europa Instituut of Leiden University and provider of legal advice on different fields of EU law, for instance for the European Commission. He will speak about the Brexit journey that the British currently face and analyse which directions they can take.

Please let us know if you will attend the lecture by pressing ‘go’ in the event. The lecture will start at 19.15. We hope to see you there!

Date and time: 13 March, 19.00h

Location: Kamerling Onnes Building, Leiden University, A144 (Lorentzzaal)