How do we overcome Enlargement Fatigue in Europe – what is it that will convince sceptics? A small, diverse group of thinkers meets and discusses concepts of enlargement and policies towards South Eastern Europe.
At the centre of our interest is the European debate on enlargement. This debate raises a number of puzzling questions. The Vienna Seminar hopes to explore some of them, for example: What is the nature of the current debate on enlargement and how is it linked to debates about the future of Europe? Is the impression of “enlargement fatigue” justified? What shapes perceptions of enlargement among the wider European public and EU decision makers? What is it that people mean when they say that “enlargement has not been communicated well”?
If we were to conclude that there is a lack of gripping narratives of a process, that enlargement is often little understood, and presented mostly as inevitable, technical, impersonal or even threatening: what would it take to produce and communicate such narratives (books, documentaries, series of gripping presentations)? How could we support this in the coming years?