CGP Program Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers has delivered lectures at a series of GSGP partner universities within Mainland China.
News from Mar 17, 2016
The current situation in Europe is not only a topic which is interesting for those who are directly affected, but also for students in China. To bring much-needed knowledge to the region, Center for Global Politics Program Director Prof. Klaus Segbers presented lectures on the future of the EU to Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP) partner universities within China
These lectures, entitled “Current Challenges. The EU in Crisis: How serious is it?” were presented at four of the GSGP partners, including Renmin University (Beijing), the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Fudan University(Shanghai) and Jinan University (Guangzhou).
Within the lecture, Prof. Segbers outlined 6 major areas in which the European Union is facing crises. These were immigration, terrorism, populism, the Eurocrisis, Russia, and the looming Brexit. While each of these issues are significant in their own right, Prof. Segbers outlined his belief that the EU would not disappear in the face of these changes but rather persist. Nonetheless he predicted a time of flux ahead for the union, with some states leaving, and international ties being weakened. Eventually as well, he believed it necessary for the EU to modify many of its treaties to adapt to these changes, however difficult or unpopular this may be.
The lectures were attended by a large number of advanced as well as graduate students, and stimulated many questions and much further discussion.
Aside from the lectures themselves, while in China constructive meetings were held with the partners of the GSGP, including the deans of some of the universities. Within these discussions, progress was made on further cooperation and future projects.