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Program Introduction

We are pleased to welcome students from Australian Universities to the Munich International Summer University (MISU) in Germany.

The European Studies Program takes place under the patronage of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) and the Chair of Political Systems and European Integration at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) in collaboration with the Free University, Brussels.

The European Union is the most prominent example on how regional integration works. For 28 countries, supranational and intergovernmental policy-making determines not only their political and economic systems; the global challenges of the 21st century illustrate the limitations of power of individual governments, thus requiring common approaches. Consequently, integration is also considered important for European security policy and Europe’s role in global affairs.

At the same time, however, disagreement on how to deal with crises in Europe’s eastern and southern neighborhood, on the handling of refugee flows from the Middle East as well as the still looming sovereign debt crisis seem to show the limits of European strategic consensus and solidarity. Time and again, national particularities appear at odds with the common interests. Domestically, public opinion has become less favorable with regard to European cooperation than it had been in the past, with the United Kingdom having decided to exit the Union. Internationally, the EU is triggered to re-consider its global role given the current US administration’s isolationist tendencies.

Against this background, the summer academy analyses the EU’s handling of its different recent crises and discusses the prospects and challenges for finding a new rationale for European Integration. It thereby relates to the broader debates on the future of Europe and recent academic accounts analyzing the likeliness of ‘disintegration’.

The Munich International Summer University is based on an interdisciplinary approach. It combines different methodologies such as lectures, round-table discussions, group-work and students' presentations along with excursions to meet professionals.

In addition to the academy, we encourage you to engage in a vibrant international student life on the campus of LMU Munich during the summer of 2018.