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CHAIR: Lyubo Hadjiyski
Hi everyone! My name is Lyubomir Hadjiyski and I am a sophomore from Sofia, Bulgaria majoring in the Politics department. At Princeton, I am involved with Model UN, student government, and a number of cultural organizations. My interests lie in European politics and history, which I hope we can investigate together while finding solutions to the most pertinent issues facing the European Union today. I look forward to meeting you all!
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TOPIC A: Brexit and the Future of European Unity
In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union In March 2017, it invoked article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, formally beginning the process of withdrawing from the European Union. Legislators from the European Union and the United Kingdom must now find agreement on a broad range of issues, including freedom of movement post-Brexit, protecting EU and British citizen rights after Brexit, the Ireland-Northern Ireland border, cooperation on anti-terrorism and security initiatives, trade and other economic agreements, and revising the EU budget in the absence of one of its largest contributors. Important considerations must be made on how, and whether, to send a strong message against withdrawal to any member states considering such actions. Finally, a decision must be made as to what the relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom will be post-Brexit, and whether readmission is a possibility.
TOPIC B: THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A GLOBAL ACTOR
A number of recent developments have made the formulation of clear and united European foreign policy all the more important. Russian actions in the Caucuses and Ukraine have complicated the relationship between the EU and its Eastern neighbour. In light of cybersecurity threats from Russia, an emerging arms race between the East and the West, extensive trade between the EU and Russia, and an over reliance on Russian gas, how can the EU formulate a clear and unified response to Russian actions without negatively impacting its own member states? The EU must also look towards its doorstep, to the nations yearning to join the bloc. How will the union shape its foreign policy towards prospective members on the Balkans and Eastern Europe? How will it decide which countries are ready for membership, and how will it reward those taking steps towards democracy and liberalization? Further, an increasingly isolationist United States means the EU must now decide on its role as a global actor. Will it rise to solve the challenges of the Middle East, which include an increasingly authoritarian Turkey, a Syrian civil war that has displaced millions, and an Iranian nuclear deal on the brink of failure? Or will it try to ignore these pressing issues?