Can the EU survive the crisis?

The financial crisis, and the resulting sovereign debt problems of the poorer countries within the EU have raised questions about the survival of the Euro, and placed heavy demands on the political structure of the union itself.Olaf Cramme will discuss the dynamics of the increasing tension between deepening EU economic integration on the one hand, and questions of democracy, legitimacy and sovereignty on the other. He is Director of the London-based think tank Policy Network, and visiting fellow at the European Institute at LSE. His main research interests include the politics of European integration; and the legitimacy of EU policy-making, and he publishes widely on the future of the European Union and European social democracy. He is editor of Rescuing the European project: EU legitimacy, governance and security (Policy Network, 2009), and co-editor of Social Justice in the Global Age(Polity Press, 2009).