Public forum “Europe on the brink”

Where and When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6:30pm. Delta Hotel, Room Opus 1, 475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal (please use the entrance on City Counsellor street, it is the only entrance between Sherbrooke and President-Kennedy streets. OR, use the main Hotel entrance)

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About: The European Union and its member states seem to be in a permanent, never-ending crisis mode. In addition to the external challenges such as the conflict in Syria, the tensions in international trade policy and climate change, the Union also has to cope with internal crises, including the long-standing allegation of a democratic deficit, the growth of euroskeptic forces, the unfinished exit of the United Kingdom and the non-compliance with democratic standards and the rule of law in various member states.

Between 23 and 26 May 2019, the EU’s citizens will elect a new European Parliament. Polls are showing a rise of euroskeptic but also green parties in most countries, while the party groups that are traditionally best represented in the European Parliament seem to be on the losing end. Given these trends, the electoral outcome of the 2019 EP elections will not only influence the future composition of the European Commission, the EU’s key executive, but will also determine the future development of the European Union. Consequently, the forthcoming elections represent a crucial moment for the EU integration project.

Against this backdrop, the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC), the Jean Monnet Centre Montréal and the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Democracy will hold a public forum with four EU experts who will discuss the current key issues of EU integration and engage in an open debate with the event’s participants.


  • Laurie Beaudonnet – Université de Montréal
  • Ruth Dassonneville – Université de Montréal
  • Katjana Gatterman – University of Amsterdam
  • Joost van Spanje – University of Amsterdam
  • Jae-Jae Spoon- University of Pittsburgh
  • Daniel Stockemer – University of Ottawa

La conférence sera donnée en anglais mais sera simultanément traduite en français. 

The public forum is sponsored by the CÉCD, l’Université McGill, l’Université de Montréal, le Centre Jean Monnet, la Canada Research Chair in Electoral Democracy, le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) et le CRSH.

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