The future of European integration
Schmidt, Vivien A.
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Citation (published version)Vivien Schmidt. 2018. "The Future of European Integration." The Transformative Power of Europe Re-Visited: Closing Conference of the KFG Research College. June 2018 Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
The future of Europe is one of differentiated integration, in which the overlapping participation of a large majority of member-states in the EU’s many policy communities makes for a soft core EU, as opposed to the often-evoked hard core around the Eurozone. The paper argues that this multi-clustered Europe is the only possible future, once one takes stock of the challenges facing the EU from its many crises, its problems of governance, and the questions raised about its legitimacy against a background of increasing EU politicization and the rise of populist Euroskepticism.