A European Social Union after the Crisis



Thursday 28 September 2017, 3.30-7.00 PM
Auditorium Max Weber
Parkstraat 51, Leuven

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Today, many people agree that the EU lacks solidarity and needs a social dimension. This debate is not new, but until now the notion of a ‘social Europe’ remained vague and elusive. To make progress, we need a coherent conception of the reasons behind, and the agenda for, not a ‘social Europe’, but a new idea: a European Social Union. We must motivate, define, and demarcate an appropriate notion of European solidarity. We must also understand the legal and political obstacles, and how these can be tacked. In short, we need unequivocal answers to questions of why, what, and how: on that basis, we can define a clear-cut normative and institutional concept. That is the remit of this book: it provides an in-depth interdisciplinary examination of the rationale and the feasibility of a European Social Union. Outstanding scholars and top-level practitioners reflect on obstacles and solutions, from an economic, social, philosophical, legal, and political perspective.

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Keynote speech


Speech by Frank Vandenbroucke at the High-Level Seminar ‘A Euro for convergence and prosperity’ organized by the Portuguese government, Lisbon 24 January 2017.
Frank Vandenbroucke was invited to give the keynote speech at the public conference that followed this seminar.

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Interview in journal Samenleving en Politiek


The journal Samenleving en Politiek has published a comprehensive interview with Frank Vandenbroucke. The interview (only available in Dutch) can be read via the website of the publisher, and can be downloaded through the link below.

Samenleving en Politiek is a monthly magazine with a critical glance at social and political problems. Samenleving en Politiek is a magazine in which new developments are discussed and creative proposals are formulated on all possible social and political themes. Samenleving en Politiek is published by Stichting Gerrit Kreveld.

Previously, Frank Vandenbroucke published himself in Samenleving en Politiek. These publications can be found under ‘Publications’.

Download the interview here (Dutch)

Frank Vandenbroucke appointed as university professor

The Flemish scientist and former politician Frank Vandenbroucke has been appointed as university professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). As a university professor, Vandenbroucke will focus at promoting research and debate about the social significance of the European Union. The appointment is effective from November 1, 2015.

Vandenbroucke will bring together insights from economic, social and political science research. The key question is on which normative foundations the EU can legitimize and develop (social) policy. Vandenbroucke will work closely with ACCESS EUROPE, the platform of the UvA and the VU University focused on research, education and public debate on Europe and the European Union. He will also work with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam.

“Frank Vandenbroucke is a great authority in the field of the European Union and the development of social and employment policy within the EU. He combines an extensive experience in both politics and science, enabling it to connect both perspectives”, says prof. dr. Dymph van den Boom, rector magnificus of the University of Amsterdam. “I am very pleased that Vandenbroucke joins the university professors of the University of Amsterdam.”