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The international conference "National Identities in Central Europe in the Light of Changing European Geopolitics 1918–1948" builds on the tradition and results of the conference "My Hero, Your Enemy: Listening to Understand" which took place in Prague in 2011. In a similar way to its predecessor the conference will focus on national histories. Moreover, it will also try to build a bridge and to identify links between historical events and the contemporary identity politics in the Visegrád countries.
When: June 29 - July 1, 2015
Where: Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Factors driving nation building processes after 1918 and their implications
Case studies I: How the experience of the 1918-1948 period influences national ideologies
Case studies II: Persons who became myths
These thematic blocks will be accompanied by the working groups that will cope with folloing issues:
In 2013, British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the EU and have the new settlement agreed by the British people in a referendum, should the Conservatives win the 2015 general election. With the vote approaching, and the British exit (“Brexit”) still a conceivable option, this paper discusses the most probable post-election scenarios in relation to this renegotiation-referendum pledge. It argues that a Labour victory would only mean postponement of the referendum to a later date. In its final section, the paper proposes how the EU should approach the upcoming UK electoral campaign and the actual renegotiations and referendum, should they take place, covering both the substantive and symbolic issues at stake.
The policy brief is available here.