Challenged Union: Making Sense of the Troublemakers (or at least trying to)

European Summer School Prague

Program Description

Challenged Union: Making Sense of the Troublemakers (or at least trying to)

European Summer School Prague


The European Summer School in Prague is an intensive 10 day learning programme focused on European integration. It is organized by one of the leading think-tanks in Prague, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, in co-operation with Prague College, the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences and under the auspices of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic. This year’s European Summer School is titled “Challenged Union: Making Sense of the Troublemakers (or at least trying to)”.

How are current challenges changing the dynamics of the European integration? Who are the Eurosceptics and what do they want? Find out in Prague, at the 15th annual European Summer School!

The team of ESS 2017 is looking forward to welcoming you to Prague this summer!


The first European Summer School took place in 2003. Since then, the programme has been assessed and updated regularly, based on our experience and students' feedback, with a sincere wish to make it as useful and enjoyable as possible. The proof of our success in this mission is simple - we are happy to invite you to already the 15th year of the European Summer School!

The topics differ from year to year, but the common denominator of our summer school programme stays the same – European integration. The second constantly present unique aspect is the Central European perspective that our lecturers offer. Every year, we invite experts from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary to join their Czech colleagues in sharing their views with the students.

Over the years, Central Europe's relation to the European Union has changed significantly. At the beginning, we were just candidate countries - now we have already celebrated the 10th anniversary of accession. And every summer, related news and recent developments were discussed at the European Summer School. Join us this year!


Academic programme July 15th - July 25th 2017

Topics 2016

The title of this 2017 summer school is Challenged Union: Making Sense of the Troublemakers (or at least trying to). All lectures and workshops of the academic program will deal with the dynamics that are currently shaping the European integration – we will focus on the current challenges for the European Union, mainly Euroscepticism and its main manifestations, together with other topics that are crucial for understanding the EU’s position in the changing world.

The lectures will be divided thematically into three modules, covering the most challenging areas of today – EU’s external relations, internal political challenges and economic aspects of the integration. Various lectures will debate following questions and topics.

EU and the International dynamics – EU in the world

  • Expecting the unexpected – is EU capable of effective coordination of external action? Can the new global strategy help?
  • Divided Europe as a result of the migration wave – rhetoric and arguments of old and new Member States
  • EU and the humanitarian crisis in the neighbourhood – rethinking the ENP
  • EU and Russia – allies or enemies?

Internal challenges – what kind of EU do we want?

  • How to (re)build a trust among the EU-28? Do we see a crisis of the EU or of the Member States?
  • Energy security – rare consensus?
  • Internal security – which limits of cooperation, appeared after Paris attacks?
  • “European values” vs. security – the card of public opinion

Economic aspects of the integration – Is the EU still mainly economic project?

  • Austerity vs. Growth – lessons of the debt crisis
  • Economic outlook on the migration wave – implications for the European economy
  • Euro crisis – forgotten or solved?
  • The Integration of Ethical Frameworks in Finance in Europe
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 10, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 2017
10 days
Full time
950 EUR
Czech Republic - Prague
Start date: July 2017
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End date July 25, 2017
July 2017
Czech Republic - Prague
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 25, 2017
/1120 USD Current students from the EU member states + Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, USA, Canada. 855 EUR / 930 USD Current students from the non-EU countries that are not specifically listed in the section above and early bird applications.

European Summer School in Prague