INVITATION: Sovereignty and the European Union - what challenges going forward?

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, in cooperation with the French Insitute in Prague, would like to coridally invite to the public debate about the perception of sovereignty in contemporary European Union.

The notion of sovereignty has been at the heart of the debates about the European Union in 2017, and especially at the heart of tensions between some Visegrad Four states and Brussels. The decision to trigger Article 7 against Poland, in late December 2017, represents another rung on the ladder of heated discussions about the balance between sovereignty and obligations of EU membership, and seems to have triggered even further divisions between the East and West. How will these tensions influence the future of European integration? What does the notion of sovereignty mean in 2018, and can we foresee circumstances in which sovereignty and integration go hand-in-hand? How does history influence the perception that each state has of the meaning of its sovereignty?

The debate will be held on January 30th, 2018 at 16:00 in European House (Evropský dům, Jungmannova 24, Prague 1).

The debate will be preceded by an exclusive presentation (delivered by Martin Michelot, Deputy Director, EUROPEUM) of the results of the Think Tank Global Index 2017, the annual definitive ranking of think tanks by the University of Pennsylvania. EUROPEUM is the official Czech launch partner of the Index.


  • Yves Bertoncini, President of the European Movement, France,
  • Ivan Gabal, ex-Member of Czech Parliament,
  • Nicolas Bouchet, Non-Resident Fellow, Berlin Office of the German Marshall Fund of the US

The debate will be moderated by: Christian Kvorning Lassen, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.

Please register here or contact us via The event is also available on Facebook.

The debate will be held in English. The PDF invitation is on the right side of this article.


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Martin Michelot
Senior Associate Research Fellow

Expertise: NATO and transatlantic security, European foreign policy and defense, French politics, elections and society, Visegrad Four and Central Europe, EU institutional issues

Christian Kvorning Lassen
Deputy Director & Head of Research

Expertise: Migration/European migration crisis, EU foreign policy, Scandinavian politics, populism, EU enlargement policy

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