Although now facing one of its worst crises ever, the EU is among the most influential economic and political players in the world. This course explores the historical evolution of the EU, taking also into account its relationship with the US. Special attention is given to some key current issues such as Euroscepticism, the migration crisis, and climate change. The first part of the course analyses the development of the EU, from the Schuman Declaration (1950) to the Treaty of Lisbon (2007). A focus on EU enlargements is given, including the debate over Turkey’s EU membership. The second part of the course analyses European policies, with particular attention to the ones on the environment, non-EU countries and security, gender equality, and migration. The course includes a field trip to the European University Institute and the EU Historical Archives in Florence.
This course runs through SRISA's partners at ISI.