Is Europe Facing a Democratic Recession?

Lorcan Mullally9th May 20191min
Dr Rosa Balfour argues that Europe is undergoing a democratic recession, from which several scenarios emerge. She discusses the proposals in response to this trend, including those of France.



In her keynote address, Dr Rosa Balfour argues that there is a deep and pervasive trend to the EU’s cycle of crises: Europe, in her view, has been undergoing a process of democratic recession. Viewed through the lens of this recession, three possible scenarios come into focus for Europe: the emerging nationalist rhetoric; the prospect of differentiated integration; and a rethinking of European democracy. In her address, Dr Balfour discusses proposals in response to these issues, including those of the French President for a more differentiated approach for Europe.

About the Speaker:

Dr Rosa Balfour is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. Her current research explores the relationship between domestic politics and Europe’s global role. Dr Balfour is also a Senior Adviser to the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels and an Associate of the LSE Ideas think tank. Previously, she was Director at the EPC. Dr Balfour holds an MA in history from Cambridge University, an MSc in European Studies and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics.