Contemporary European Politics 2019.  INT 351
Teacher: David Rees
Head of Programme: Albrecht Sonntag  Secretary: Clemence Treuillier  Syllabus
Evaluation: Mid-term test 20%. Group presentation: 20%. Exam 60%

Programme 2019


Documents

Presentations and films
Lesson 1.
Wednesday 04 September
09h30-12h30
Room B511

Epistemology, Empires and the EU
1. Epistemology
3. EU Members
6. Enlargement (European Commission)
7. Supranational European bodies (picture)
7. Supranational European bodies (key)
8. (Quiz in teams) EU Member countries
The future size of the EU / EEA
2. A history of empires (from 3000BC)
4. A brief history of EU enlargement (film from The Economist)
5. European Enlargement (film from the IIEA)

Lesson 2.
Wednesday 11 September
09h30-12h30
Room B511

Enlargement 1.
European levels of integration
Case studies: Turkey and Cyprus
The Copenhagen criteria
EU membership and partners
EU European Neighbourhood states

4. A brief history of EU enlargement (film from The Economist)
5. European Enlargement (film from the IIEA)

Turkey and the EU (pdf DR)
Turkey and EU immigration
Introduction to the Armenian genocide
French genocide - book
French genocide - film (English subtitles available) 19m
Lesson 3.
Wednesday 25 September
09h30-12h30
Room 808

EU structure and difficulties


Preparation of presentations 'Solving Europe'

Research and presentation groups

Eurobarometer (European Commission)

 Solving Europe Presentations
 Employment

 Immigration
 The Euro
 Global warming
  EU Defence
  Environment

 Lack of Democracy
 ERASMUS and education
 Pollution
 Euroscepticism

Lesson 4.
Wednesday 02 October
09h30-12h30
Room 808


Group presentations: 'Solving Europe' (25% of final evaluation)
Lesson 5.
Wednesday 09 October
09h30-12h30
Room 808

'Solving Europe' presentations
Continue presentations: 'Solving Europe'.
Lesson 6.
Wednesday 16 October
09h30-12h30
Room 808


Common Agriculture Policy

Country research: Gini score (wealth distribution)
                               Poverty level
                               HDI (Human Development Index)
                           
CAP (EU Commission)
Farm Subsidies (farmsubsidy.org)

Agricultural import duties
US food subsidies

Farm Subsidies film (farmsubsidy.org)
CAP (pdf DR)
Introduction to CAP (video)
MacDonalds and food industrialisation
Corn-fed beef and sustainability
Feedlots
EU-Mercosur trade negotiations and beef (DW)
The Meatrix (video)
 Lesson 7.
Wednesday 23 October
09h30-12h30
Room 808

The Troika and Debt Control

Midterm revision
Greece, the Troika, debt control and the change from a solidarity to predatory model.

Greek debt crisis


Lesson 8.
Wednesday 30 October
09h30-12h30
Room  808

Lobbying in the EU 

Lobbying Transparency Register (European Commission)
BEUC
Fleishman Hillard
Grayling
Hill and Knowlton
Emily Rees

Direct and indirect lobbying: Danone

Biggest lobbyists in Brussels
Philip Morris in Brussels

Student case studies
2019
Danone
Facebook
Google
Oxfam
Sanofi
Scania
Tesla
Wikipedia
2018
Coca Cola
E-privacy
Europeche
Google
Mercosur
Monsanto
Volkswagen

Billy wants a dog (flv) (US)
Lobbyists (flv) (US)
What does a lobbyist do? (flv) (Germany)
Lobbying presentation (pdf)

Regional fund recipients

CAP recipients



Lesson 9
Wednesday 06 November
09h30-12h30
Room B514
World Food Security
Food speculation
Cereals trading charts (TradingCharts.com)

Food prices 
Food riots Community Channel (video 5m)
Global Food Crisis All voices.com (video 4m)
World poverty

World Food Security to 2050 (DR)

FAO  2017 report on world food security (pdf  180 pages)
Lesson 10
Wednesday 13 November
09h30-12h30
Room 808

EU budget
EU budget update (2017)
EU video - budget

Research. See work document

EU Commission: Financial programming and budget
EU Budget facts and myths

Group discussion - reorganise the EU budget
Tobin Tax and FTT (4m)
European Financial Transfer Tax (FTT) (DukasCopy 2.5m)
David Cameron Anti-FTT



Lesson 11

Wednesday 20 November
09h30-12h30
Room 808

EU External Trade Agreements / Negotiations

EU Trade Policy pdf

EU Trade Policy video (European Commission)
EU Trade Policy pdf
EU Commission Trade Negotiations and Agreements

EU Trade negotiations (DG Trade)

What is ISDS?
ISDS in Australia / US Trade Agreement
ISDS Case Studies

EU Mercosur trade agreement agreed by the EU Commission
EU Mercosur trade agreement and the environment
EU Mercosur trade agreement and agriculture (EuroNews)

Global Trade Agreements (TedTalks)

Exports and Imports




Lesson 12.
Wednesday 27 November
09h30-12h30
Room 808

The Single Market
Trade Wars
Revision

Intra-EU competition - pre/post Euro competition and Economic Darwinism.
wages, social costs, environmental costs, government investment, subsidies and tax breaks
Privatisation of public services

Privatising French SNCF?
Posting workers
EU minimum salaries (picture)


Exam revision 


EU Single market video
The Single Market (pdf DR based on the two films)

The WTO
Banana Trade Wars
Airbus / Boeing trade war
Rocquefort cheese in Airbus / Boeing trade war




Lesson 13.
Wednesday 04 December
09h30-12h30
Room B511

Brexit

France's veto of UK EEC entry
We Want our Money Back (Thatcher)
The UK rebate
Brexit update (humour)
Brexit timetable
Brexit pdf (Rees)
Brexit and the Irish border
Brexit fishing map
Scottish independence
Brexit and Airbus
Brexit and Airbus. Stats
Brexit and car sales
Brexit and UK - EU trade
UK non-EU trade
Post-Brexit trade
Pound sterling to US dollar
Pound sterling to Euro
UK Polls

 December Final exam 2h (60%)
Lesson 14.
Wednesday 12 December
09h30-12h30
Room 808



The end of the Euro?
The end of the European Union?
EU problems. Yanis Varoufakis. DiEM25
Euro Structural Inflexibility (pdf DR)
The German Miracle
Keynes's vision of the future + the multiplier effect (and reverse multiplier)

Class discussion - can the Euro and can the EU survive?

General questions: EU, geo-politics, personal, predictions etc.