Europe’s Crises and Experiences of Leadership

Duration of the project

30.06.2021. - 30.11.2021.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

University of Tartu
Riga Stradiņš University
The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
University of Tuebingen
Tallinn University of Technology
University of Konstanz
University of Oldenburg

Project manager

Dr. Andrey Makarychev

Project aims

The successful hosting of an in-person research seminar discussing vital topics pertaining to leadership in times of crises and continued coordination of a joint publication between the project partners was aimed. The project consists of one research workshop meant to bring together scholars from Germany, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to discuss two major issues:

a) how different crises (financial, terrorist, migration, Covid-19, populist), within and beyond the European Union have challenged the understanding of European integration (in terms of identity, governance and security) in EU member states, specifically in Germany and the Baltic states, and how these changed understandings have affected the scope for regional integration (in terms of increased supranationalisation, policy-specific cooperation and societal interaction).

b) how these crises were addressed – or not properly addressed – by regional organizations (including the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Nordic Council, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, the Visegrad Group), and whether their frequent inaction might have some long-term implications for regionalism in Europe in a more general sense.

Research on the impact of crises on European integration is increasing fast, and comes from different theoretical perspectives. However, findings at present are inconclusive and suggest both steps towards further integration as well as disintegration. In addition, the effect on integration debates in the Baltic states as well as Germany has so far been understudied.

We want to address this research gap by combining insights from discourse, media and communication as well as critical European studies, and engage in a comparison of national debates about integration, their connections to basic concepts of society, and their constructions of identity and legitimacy.

We draw on previous work that has both analysed national constructions of European governance and power strategies in the post-Soviet world (e.g. Diez 2001; Makarychev 2008, 2014). Our speakers approach these national debates from different disciplinary backgrounds, foregrounding different aspects of public debate.

Main activities and venues

  1. Research seminar “Europe’s Crises and Experiences of Leadership” in the University of Tartu from 5-6 November.

Direct and indirect target group

Direct: researchers and academics (20), students (25).

Indirect: policy practitioners and diplomats (20), journalists (10), students (90).