IR students at Allianz Summer Academy

August 7, 2017

Between 29 July and 2 August 2017, five CEU students attended the Allianz Summer Academy on Europe (ASA) a program organised and sponsored by the Allianz Cultural Foundation, bringing together students from five European universities to debate current European issues and develop policy recommendations for the future of Europe. In addition to CEU, the participating universities were Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich, Germany), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Milan, Italy), University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski" (Sofia, Bulgaria), and Uppsala Universitet (Uppsala, Sweden). The theme of this year’s academy was ‘Overcoming European Divides’. 

Between January and June 2017, Constanze Jeitler (History), Michelle MacMillan (School of Public Policy), Nejra Hodžić (International Relations), Milda Kaklauskaitė (International Relations), and Nemanja Predojevic (Economics), supported by Stefan Roch (Rector’s Office), and Marie-Pierre Granger (Associate Professor, SPP, IR, and LEGS) worked on a report which addressed divides between EU member states in relation to the threat posed by cross-border terrorism. The group presented their final report during the Allianz Summer Academy, on the premises of the Allianz Management Institute at Lake Starnberg (Germany) to an audience composed of Allianz management representatives, members of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, NGO representatives, and students from the other participating universities and members of the Allianz summer academy alumni network. Their presentation received insightful feedback and generated an exciting discussion.

A short and revised version of the CEU team report and a commentary from a member of the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, a prominent French human rights NGOs, will be published by the NGO ‘Citizens for Europe’. During the academy, the students also took taking part in a series of workshop on current EU problems, and developed policy proposals which will be published together with the reports.

The CEU team coordinator, Marie-Pierre Granger, took part in a panel discussion on “Orban, Putin, Trump – How can the EU defend its values?” together with Rebecca Harms (MEP), who delivered the keynote speech.