Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies
Second Annual Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture
Brexit and the European Union: Is There Life After the Divorce?
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to present Professor Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and leading expert on European integration for this year’s Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture, entitled: “Brexit and the European Union: Is There Life After the Divorce?”
On 23 June 2016, the majority of British people voted to leave the EU, arguably the most important political decision taken in the British Isles since the end of the Second World War. Was it an accident long waiting to happen or the result of the populist surge in an era of globalization and widening inequalities? Can the UK afford to cut itself loose from the rest of the European continent? Or, will membership be replaced by a new special relationship yet to be defined? In recent years, the EU has been through a major crisis of its common currency, the euro, as wells as a refugee crisis; and now comes Brexit. Can European integration overcome internal divisions in an adverse external environment? And if not, what would be the implications for Europe and the rest of the world?
Professor Loukas Tsoukalis has taught in several universities in Europe and North America, including the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris, the University of Athens, the College of the Europe, the European University Institute in Florence, and Harvard University (Kennedy School). He is the author of many books and articles on European integration and international political economy. He has advised the former President of the European Commission and the former President of the European Council. He is the president of Greece’s leading think tank (ELIAMEP) and he now teaches in Paris and Bruges. His latest book In Defence of Europe: Can the European Project Be Saved? was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He has received the Légion d’honneur of the French Republic for his contribution to European integration, as well as many academic distinctions and awards.