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Ambivalences of Europeanization

Prof. Dr. C. Weber & Prof. Dr. T. Beichelt




The Idea of Europe

Dr. M. Keck-Szajbel


To what degree is the
European Union ideologically driven? How does it contrast with previous visions of European unity? In this course on the idea of Europe in the twentieth century, we will explore ‘European utopias,’ starting with the age of empires and ending with the peaceful easterly expansion of the European Union. This course will not only explore secondary literature on the growth and/or demise of pan-European phenomena: the course is explicitly designed to include belletristic novels, artwork, contemporary media, as well as film in the search for different – usually competing and mutually exclusive – ideas of Europe.


Europe and Violence

Prof. Dr. P. Kolar / Prof. Dr. W. Heintschel v. Heinegg / Dr. J. Behrends



B/Orders in Motion

Viadrina Center B/Orders in Motion



Automation, digital revolution and capital concentration

Prof. Dr. J. Lowitzsch


In an age of globalization and technological progress the acceleration of digital information and communication technologies (ICT) has led and continues to lead to social changes which shake the foundations of the world of work, dubbed “industrial revolution 4.0”. This process mainly characterised by automation, robotics and artificial intelligence impacts not only national law and economic systems but also traditional institutions of social existence and such the foundations of our modern societies as such, in Europe as well as across the world. This course investigates the preconditions leading to and the results arising from this process of change in modern societies with a focus on distributive effects.


European Economics

Dr. N. Cherkas



Direct Democracy and European Integration

Dr. M. Belov


The course “Direct Democracy and European Integration” is devoted to the presentation and discussion of several important issues of the role of direct democracy in the European multilevel constitutionalism. Is the EU sufficiently democratic? Which are the features of the democratic deficit of the EU? What are the main elements of the emerging supranational constitutionalism in the EU? Will the European constitutionalism remain democratic and what is and will be the shape of the supranational democracy? Does the direct democracy contribute to the “democratization of the democracy” in the EU (C. Offe)? Is it possible to have real direct democracy on the EU level? What is the contribution of the European citizens’ initiative and the elections for European Parliament to the compensation of the democratic deficit of the EU? Which are the national forms of direct democracy provided by the domestic constitutions of the EU member states? Which are the most important instances of national referenda on EU issues and did they contribute to the strengthening of the democratic features of both the EU and the constitutional system of the respective member state?


Ambivalences of Conflict Resolution: The EU´s Responses to Internal and External Conflicts

Institute for Conflict Management