European Affairs

The EU is often referred to as the flagship project of economic liberalism and democratic values. Its While Brexit has wreaked havoc on British and European politics in recent years, it is time to look to the future. The EU must now work hand in hand with the UK to maintain their partnerships and strengthen cross-Channel relations. With the rise of global powers to the east, such as China and Japan, the EU needs to unite more than ever to have a greater impact on the world stage. The rise of the far right and nationalist movements, often relayed by the mainstream media, makes uniting European countries seem harder than ever. One of the main arguments of these political currents is the numbers of migrants arriving on European soil, however this number will increase in the coming years. Will far-right political parties have more followers in the future? The answer is left for debate, but the Eu must do its best to combat extreme and discriminatory ideologies.  

Therefore, this year the Policy Centre for European Affairs will focus on two themes related to the current issues facing the EU. In the first semester, the theme will be Identity in Europe, which will focus on internal EU issues. The aim of this semester will be to understand what European Identity is and if there really is a EU identity. We will discuss the ideas of inclusivity, exclusivity and youth in Europe. Identity is strongly linked to nationalism and as soon as you think of nationalism in the EU, populism comes into play. Social disunity and the understanding of what makes a person European will be addressed in this first semester. 

The second semester will focus on the future, i.e. on the Long-term vison of Europe. What will the Europe of tomorrow look like? This theme will bring to light the future challenges for the EU, analyse them and attempt to find a coherent solution. Challenges such as climate change, mass migration, rising demographics or the arrival of advance artificial intelligence will be studied. Currently, the EU has policies in place policies to deal with the future, but at King’s Think Tank we want to bring a youthful perspective to these issues.

This year the Policy Centre for European Affairs hopes that we will be able to shed more light on what the Europe of tomorrow could look like and understand the roots of Europe’s internal strife.

We invite you to interact with King’s Think Tank throughout the year and during our events online or in person. We are happy to receive external contributions to our blog posts! If you are interested, please contact natalia.vasnier@kcl.ac.uk.

Natalia Vasnier

Director, European Affairs Policy Centre

Our Policy Centre:

Natalia Vasnier

Director

Hi, I’m Natalia and I am a third year History Undergraduate student. I am interested in European migration issues, gender equality, political economy and EU foreign policy. My experience at KTT has strengthened my interest in public policy and policy making in general. I believe that there is a need for a social and political cohesion to unite European countries once again to tackle Europe’s future challenges. 

After class I enjoy roaming around London in search of the best organic coffee shop.

Email: policycentre@kingsthinktank.org

Catherine Burke

Editor

Hi, I’m Catherine and I am a second year History and International Relations student. I am interested in international law, human rights, immigration, decolonization, and refugee rights and in particular, how these issues are addressed in Europe. 

Michaela Rubasova

Liaison Officer

Hi! My name is Misha, and I am a final year International Relations student. My research interests lie in contemporary challenges to European security and defence, as well as in threats to the global realm in general, the foreign policy analysis of the individual European states and the future of the European Union in the international sphere. I am also interested in the topics of intelligence, diplomacy, and different types of political regimes.

Our Working Group:

Marius Buga

Hi! My name is Marius and I am a 3rd year student of International Relations. I am interested in investigating how European countries pursue their interests in the global arena, EU integration and its interaction with non-member states in Eastern Europe. I hope to see Europe grow into a more inclusive, tolerant and united continent.

Chloe Delaitre Bonet

Hi! My name is Chloé and I’m a half-Spanish, half-French third year BA International Relations student. I am especially interested in the research areas of European identity questions, and its link to Euroscepticism and populism, as well as European foreign policy- particularly Europe’s diplomatic power.