‘Why Are We Still Together?‘ – The Role of Narratives in the ‘Future(s) of European Integration‘
The recent debate about the ‘future(s) of Europe Integration‘ is increasingly pervaded by voices of skepticism and mistrust. In the stories told by right-wing Eurosceptic governments and advocates of the Brexit votum, the EU is not depicted as a liberal constitutional entity guarding the freedoms of EU citizens against oppressive national tendencies. Rather, in these storylines, the EU is depicted as an oppressive force itself, as marginalizing the unique national identities of EU citizens. It is against this background that the proposed panel aims to explore the role of EU constitutional storylines in the present time of deep skepticism and mistrust. More precisely, this panel aims to examine how and by which means the current reality of the EU polity can be narrated that would allow for a more vibrant discourse about the ‘future(s) of Europe Integration‘. The role of EU institutions and the EU constitutional scholarship is thereby of special interest to the panelists.