In the wake of the 2015 migration crisis, two distinct narratives have emerged within the European Union (EU) about how to deal with this complex issue. Whereas elites in receiving states like Germany and Sweden embrace refugees and focus on the potential economic benefits; the transition states of the Visegrad 4, led by Hungary, see migration exclusively through a security frame, and emphasize the threat of terrorism and the danger that an inflow of “non- Europeans” poses to their national identities. With such a stark contrast between elites in the East and in the West, and their contentious relationship with partners in Turkey and Greece, common European positions become more and more difficult to achieve.
The roundtable discussion organized by the CEU Center European Neighborhood Studies and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation seeks to investigate this cross-regional variance in elite positions, focusing both on domestic considerations (including societal fears); the larger issue of European values, and how they are rendered both the object of a threat, and the source of a common solution.
Opening remarks: Prof. Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of CEU
Chair: Péter Balázs, Director of CENS
• Boldizsár Nagy, Associate Professor, Central European University
• Alena Kudzko, Deputy Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute
• Paul Schmidt, Secretary General, Austrian Society for European Politics
• Jovan Teokarevic, Professor, University of Belgrade
• Burcu Togral Koca, Assistant professor, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir
Detailed program is available here.
Watch livestream of debate here.