Project

DIFF GOV – European Governance: Potential of Differentiated Cooperation

17.09.2019

DIFF GOV  – „European Governance: Potential of Differentiated Cooperation“ –  is an international project which  explores  the potential for flexible modes of cooperation between European Union member states in four areas: economic cooperation, Schengen zone, Common Security and Defence Policy, and Foreign and Neighbourhood Policy.

The project has three main goals:

  1. To foster dialogue between researchers, experts and public administrations in order to enhance the governance of EU.
  2. To encourage more interest and understanding among the general public in the EU’s decision making processes.
  3. To contribute to a timely discussion on differentiated integration in Europe, with special attention paid to Central and Eastern Europe.

Why is it important to study multispeed Europe?

The success and failure of the European Union are two sides of the same coin: its diversity and ability – or inability – to act together. The EU is stronger when it is united and moving towards the same goal. But in the light of recent manifestations of centrifugal forces, today’s EU moves at different speeds (multi-speed) and levels (variable geometry) but not always towards the same goal. And while the EU will somehow manage to keep going, the number of challenges it now faces (mass migration, an unfinished eurozone, disrespect for the rule of law in some member states) suggests that it may no longer be the safest option. Given that multispeed Europe is inevitable, the challenge is to ascertain whether, how much and where differentiation is necessary, sustainable and acceptable as well as how future approaches towards differentiation fare in the light of these findings.

How we will do it?

By inviting researchers, experts, staff of public administrations and others to join the debate. We will launch a series of roundtables and public discussions in Slovakia where participants from different EU countries (workshops) and the general public (city talks) will have an opportunity to present their positions, analyse case studies and participate actively in discussions. Each working topic will be discussed on both a pan-European and regional level.

We will publish a series of papers and blogs related to the topic, including the final report  “European Governance: Potential of Differentiated Cooperation”, which will be presented in Bratislava  Summer 2020.

In total, the DIFF GOV work programme consists of 9 activities with 16 directly connected outputs, 4 outcomes and sustainable impact in 3 specific areas.

This GLOBSEC project is supported by  Jean Monnet Activities of the EU Programme Erasmus+ and will be implemented between 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2020.

 

Publications

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These are some of the reflections and conclusions expressed by the speakers during GLOBSEC’s online webinar Europe in the post-COVID-19 world. Could Fle...

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It is way too early to try to predict which way things will go, but it is useful to start thinking about the potential implications of various direction...

on 29.05.2020
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The concept of differentiated integration in the EU is not novel. Accommodating the different socioeconomic and political interests of Member States in ...

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If we do not start creating conditions for the return to a border-free Schengen zone now, the temporary measures introduced to control the spread of the...

on 02.04.2020
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For the Slovak version, please click here / Pre verziu v slovenčine kliknite tu

26.05.2020
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Ari Hirvonen* Around seventy-years ago, Hannah Arendt said that refugees and stateless people will form “the most symptomatic group in contemporary pol...

27.03.2020
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The European Union (EU) has sought to leave the 2015-2016 political crisis, triggered by mismanaged migration flows, behind. But Turkey’s decision in ea...

on 27.03.2020
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The European Union (EU) has been experiencing turbulent times recently, deepening divergences between 27 Member States’ already-differentiated opinions ...

on 02.03.2020
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Judging from the vantage point of the level of development of European defence policy, it is admittedly not an understatement to conclude that the Europ...

11.12.2019
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Is Europe Really Ready for Its Own Military Force?    by Martin Reguli    While the perception of the need for stronger EU defense capabilities seems to...

10.12.2019
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The idea of European defence integration has been floating around the realm of public discourse for a number of decades – actually even prior to the est...

31.07.2019
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The notion of a stronger European security framework is gaining momentum again.

22.07.2019
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Juan Guaido is capable of leading Venezuela, but if Maduro does not give up easily, his strengths may disappear in the coming months, explains Globsec a...

31.05.2019
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„The European Union should should keep its promise of enlargment,“ says Ján Cingel, Actign Head of European Neighbourhood Programme at the GLOBSEC Polic...

on 25.06.2019
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The establishment of the European Monetary Union (EMU) was underpinned by a desire to advance the process of economic integration among the EU member st...

on 31.05.2019
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What is the role of Central Europe in EU foreign policy initiatives? Is the Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in certain areas of the EU's foreign policy ...

31.05.2019
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The Bumpy Road Towards the EU’s Common Foreign Policy  

on 29.04.2019
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Will the European project be strengthened or weakened in 2019?  Will the European Union (EU)  Member States decide to favour a sovereigntist or integrat...

26.04.2019
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A joke of our times has Mike Pompeo calling Europe’s famous number, once called for by his great predecessor, Henry Kissinger. The number – in existence...

02.04.2019
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December promises to be a busy month for EU leaders, with one final summit to squeeze in before they head home for Christmas. Apart from agreeing on a r...

on 04.12.2018
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The euro will soon celebrate its twentieth anniversary, but the mood is spoiled by still unsolved problems of the common currency area. The European Mon...

30.11.2018
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At this year’s Tatra Summit, we staged a series of focus groups that first discussed and then offered practical recommendations for the most pressing so...

05.11.2018
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Differentiated integration is in the centre of a renewed debate on the future of the eurozone, and, many claim, threatens to deepen the apparent divides...

on 18.09.2018

Events

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On 16 June 2020 GLOBSEC organized a closed briefing for an exclusive Brussels based group.

03.06.2020
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The borders and travel restrictions within the Schengen zone ought to be lifted again once the crisis is gone. How to make sure that temporary provision...

29.04.2020
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“Schengen area is truly one of the greatest achievements of European integration” said Berndt Körner,

04.03.2020
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Judging from the vantage point of the level of development of European defence policy, it is admittedly not an understatement to conclude that the Euro ...

10.11.2019
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European defence integration is important, but it is not enough to answer Europe’s security concerns.

11.07.2019
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GLOBSEC and Hanns Seidel Foundation 

26.04.2019
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The gap between foreign policy priorities on national and European level, moderate interest in shaping and participating in the EU foreign policy by mem...

19.03.2019
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The EU foreign policy remains one of the least advanced ‘common’ policies.

28.02.2019
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Are you interested in EU Foreign Policy and studying the concept and consequences of multispeed Europe?

08.01.2019
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Completing Europe‘s Economic and Monetary Union, the lack of convergence in the EU, and the risk of facing next financial crisis without necessary tools...

14.09.2018

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