The EU is experiencing perhaps its most difficult period since its foundation. External pressure is significant, and internal constraints and quarrels cannot be overlooked, with East European EU members playing a special role. Despite these problems, the EU remains the only supranational association of states, and -however uncertainly- a normative power with integrated policy fields. Can it survive the current challenges?
Klaus Segbers is a Professor of Political Science, International Relations and East European Politics at the Free University of Berlin (FUB) since 1996. In the winters of 2008-9, 2011-2 as well as 2015-6, he was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s SIPA and guest scholar at Stanford University. From 1985 to 1990, he was a research fellow at the Universities of Bremen and Frankfurt am Main, and from 1990 to 1996 he was the Head of Department at the biggest German think tank, the Foundation for Science and Politics (SWP). He subsequently oversaw various research projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Dr. Segbers has published two edited books: Making Global City Regions (Johns Hopkins University Press Baltimore, 2007) and Public Challenges, Private Solutions? (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2005). Among his many articles are “Everything Flows – Approaches Toward a New Understanding of Politics”, in: J. Braml, T. Risse, E. Sandschneider (eds.), Yearbook of International Politics, vol. 28, München, 2010, pp. 30-34, and. “Global Cities in the New Global Landscape”, in: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, July, 2015. Dr. Segbers’ current research emphasis is on the levels and forms of global governance, in the patterns of institutional change in different societies, and changing styles of policymaking. He also analyzes the current waves of populism.