Going forward or backward? Perspectives on an European Social Citizenship

Veranstalter: WSI of the Hans Böckler Foundation, University of Konstanz
Ort: Düsseldorf, Haus der Universität
vom: 23.11.2022, 09:00 Uhr
bis: 23.11.2022, 17:00 Uhr

The war against Ukraine deeply concerns Europe in its political, economic and social dimensions. Its far-reaching effects such as additional economic burdens, challenges within the social security net and increasing insecurities enter our everyday life and are an increasing matter of public debate and policy. Being confronted with the violation of international law in the EU’s neighbourhood also raises questions of European solidarity and identity.

Taking these current events into account, the conference discusses the (evolving) role of a social Europe. Achieving progress, social justice, social security and prosperity throughout European societies implies to strengthen the social dimension of and within the EU. However, we see enormous social and institutional differences among member states as well as varying conditions of granted social rights. The conference takes up insights onto conditions and views onto the development of a commonly shared European social citizenship: Do we observe a new (strong) emphasize on a common social Europe – and which indicators mark progress on a the way towards a more social and equal Europe? How are overarching social rights experienced, and perceived as necessary for the future by citizen throughout EU member states? And what effects do experiences of a misleading integration in a social Europe have on attitudes towards social cohesion, integration and democracy?

This event is organized by the University of Konstanz in the framework of the research project “EUSOCIALCIT” in cooperation with the WSI of the Hans Böckler Foundation.

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