Successful and sunny 51st Leiden-London meeting, 30 June 2012.
On Saturday 30 June, the Europa Institute hosted a highly enjoyable, stimulating, informative and wide-ranging 51st Leiden London meeting.
The overall theme for the day was "Flexibility and solidarity in European integration: Challenges and responses around the euro-crisis". The speakers were Dr Dariusz Adamski, University of Wroclaw; Professor Roland Bieber, University of Lausanne; Professor Michael Dougan, University of Liverpool; Professor Dora Kostakopoulou, University of Southampton; Dr Luuk van Middelaar, Office of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.
The various presentations offered a wide range of approaches to the euro-crisis: with an emphasis on economic (Adamski) and political (van Middelaar) aspects. The more strictly legal assessments covered some core questions, such as whether the Fiscal Compact Treaty is compatible with EU law (Dougan), and whether the principle of solidarity can be made more operational in this field (Bieber), but also grappled with much broader issues, such as European identity (Kostakopoulou). With sixty participants, there were lively discussions during the meeting and in the lunch and coffee breaks. With brilliant sunshine, and the garden of the Oude Universiteitsbibliotheek to enjoy it, even the euro-crisis itself could not spoil the atmosphere.