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The European Union has come to a turning point. After the British voters endorsed the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, most European countries have seen a considerable increase of eurosceptical and populist political parties in their Parliaments. These new forces, mainly fueled by nationalism, blame cosmopolitism, liberalism and the EU establishment for its incapacity to deal with the citizens´ needs. Furthermore, the arrival of massive waves of immigrants and refugees in the past years has triggered an identity crisis among Europeans and polarized societies with a growing frustration. In the face of these challenges, European Governments and EU Institutions are struggling to regain the confidence of citizens towards the once thriving EU integration project. Brexit and nationalism have therefore brought back a fundamental question to the table: in a rapidly transforming world, what future lies for Europe and its citizens?


Antonio Pérez-Hernández Durán

Antonio Pérez-Hernández Durán is a career diplomat, currently working as a Deputy Director in the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for European Affairs. He served as Head of Public Affairs in the Spanish Embassies in Budapest (Hungary) and in Dakar (Senegal) and as a spokesperson in the press department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Madrid. He speaks fluently French, English and Spanish, and has some knowledge of Italian and Hungarian.

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Students will be able to identify and understand the diversity of forces driving political, social and economic changes in Europe. Students will be able as well to interpret the action of governments and EU institutions to face the current challenges of nationalism and populism. Students should develop a capacity to argue about the ongoing transformations in Europe and to elaborate solutions to the main challenges the EU is facing.


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10-oct. 17-oct. 24-oct. 7-nov. 14-nov. 21-nov.

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