July 2, 2012 - Training

L’Europe : un géant économique et un nain politique

It is hardly unprecedented for the European Union (EU) to be experiencing a crisis. Members of the EU have often been called upon to answer the core question, "What do we want to do together, and how do we want to do it?" in difficult and urgent situations when leaders were facing deep-rooted problems. Indeed, the EU has regularly been successful in resolving crises through major and sometimes spectacular steps forward. The beginning of the 21st Century has been particularly difficult for the EU and the Euro zone crisis is the most recent evidence of the danger facing Europe today. In this course we will explore the recent history of the EU and its crises with a view to understanding this most recent crisis in a broader context.


George Ross is an associate professor in the department of political science and at the European Union Centre of Excellence (McGill University - Université de Montréal). He studied at the London School of Economics and at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and obtained his doctorate from Harvard University in 1973. He was recently president of the European Union Studies Association (2003-2005) and previously director of Harvard University’s Centre for European Studies, president of the Council for European Studies (1990-1997) and director of the Department of sociology and the editorial board of many international journals including French Politics, Culture and Society and the Journal of European Integration. Among his honorary titles, he was named an officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Government of the French Republic and was awarded an Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair by the European Commission in the summer of 2008. His research interests concern European politics and industrial relations, the political economy of the European Union, the EU’s elites, democracy, globalization and social structures. The author of many works on the EU (including Jacques Delors and European Integration (1995) and Euros and Europeans (with Andrew Martin, 2004), he has taught at Brandeis et Harvard Universities in the United States, ULB in Belgium and Carleton University, the Université de Montréal and York University in Canada.


Frédéric Mérand
is a professor in the department of political science at the Université de Montréal, guest professor of European Studies at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, assistant director of the European Union Centre of Excellence (Université de Montréal/McGill) and assistant director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (Université de Montréal/McGill). He is associate publisher of Politique européenne, the only peer-reviewed French-language journal dedicated to the European Union. His work on European security, political networks, transatlantic relations and the sociology of the European Union has been published in journals including Security Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Comparative European Politics and Cooperation and Conflict.


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Mandatory readings:

  • Ross, George. 2011. The European Union and Its Crises: Seen Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite. Parlgrave-Macmillan.


Optional readings:

  • Piris, Jean-Claude. The Future of Europe: Towards a Two Speed EU? New York: Cambridge University Press
  • Pisani-Ferry, Jean. 2011. Le Réveil des démons : La crise de l’euro et comment nous en sortir. Fayard.


This conference is part of the Summer School «Europe in crises» (2-7 July 2012).

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