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

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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


Five Scenarios for Europe – Understanding the EU Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe

On 1 March the European Commission published its ‘White Paper on the Future of Europe’. The Verfassungsblog published the blog by Armin Cuyvers entitled: Five Scenarios for Europe – Understanding the EU Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe. In the blog, Armin argues that the key to understanding the White Paper does not lie in understanding each scenario as such, but in understanding the nature of these scenarios, as well as the choice for scenarios instead of a single grand vision. He also addresses the background and context of the White Paper.

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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.

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Felix Klos – our first speaker in our lecture ‘Exploring Brexit: an unprecedented story’ next Monday – is a 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.

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Lecture – Exploring Brexit: an unprecedented journey


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)