The 2008 Summer School in Cortona will provide a forum for discussions with leading scholars and policy makers on major current and future challenges facing the European Union, in particular Germany and Poland. Discussions will focus on actual and possible foreign policy strategies of the European Union, in particular toward countries beyond its Eastern border, and on problems of integration in European societies, in particular the integration of cultural differences.
Two seminars will be offered, each one for two hours every workday:
I. On European Foreign Policies
The role of the European Union in the world; cooperation and competition between the European Union and the United States; possible expansion of the European Union to the East; European policies toward Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.
II. On the Integration of European Societies
Cohesive and centrifugal social forces in the EU; problems of social and cultural integration in Germany, Poland and in the EU in general; welfare state reforms; the role of religion and churches; consequences of demographic trends.
Courses are held daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be additional lectures in the evening.
There is no tuition for the Summer School; course materials, full board and room will be provided (accommodation in double rooms, single room possible for additional payment). Participants are, however, responsible for travel costs to and from Cortona and for incidental expenses. Weekend excursions will be arranged.
The number of participants is limited to 40 persons.
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