In recent years the European Union has experienced many big changes in political, economic and social dimensions, such as Arab spring and influx of refugees from north Africa, serious events concerning Islamism in Norway or France, provoking discussions about immigrant policy and Schengen framework, and Euro and financial crisis, bringing about changes of government in Italy, Spain, Greece and France. In the circumstances, do EU countries maintain the Union itself as their top priority, or shut themselves in state sovereignty? And what change has been made in the European identity?
This workshop will put focus on especially the situation of the European identity in this context, on regarding impact by Arab spring to the EU and roles of social media in the EU and influences of the changes around the Union to its external relations (with the Mediterranean and Japan).
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