This workshop will provide an overview of a study on the socio-economic, political and cultural dimensions of the EU periphery, designed by transform! europe in collaboration with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation. The workshop will focus on the political impact of the EU's core-periphery divide.
The European Union is a diverse political and cultural space, characterised by structural unbalances that stem from power asymmetries implicit to its functioning. Such asymmetries translate into two broad and composite peripheral regions relative to the core: the so-called “old periphery”, encompassing the Southern European (SE) countries and the “new periphery”, that includes Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.
By focusing on peripherality, transform! europe, in collaboration with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, has been developing a study that aims at broadening our understanding of the political economy of the EU and the way its economic and political processes affect the development of societies in the euro peripheries. The full study, addressing the socio-economic, political and cultural dimension of peripherality, will be presented in 2022.
In this workshop the major findings of this work in progress, including the economic characterisation of each region of the euro periphery, will be presented and will serve as basis for a discussion not only on the political impact of the EU on the periphery-core divide, but also on the role of peripheries in the future European integration process.
Grasping the opportunities and strengths within and between regions is essential for building bridges and establishing cooperations across the European Union. Understanding the socio-economic as well as the political conditions that underline peripherality is fundamental for the discussion on the future of Europe.
The workshop took place in the framework of the European Forum 2021.
languages: English, French