All questions refer to the position/assessment of your country’s government, opposition, political parties, civil society organizations, pressure groups, press/media, and public opinion. Please name sources wherever possible!
I. 2009: A year of opportunities and uncertainties?
The year 2009 might be a year of opportunities and uncertainties with regard to (1) the future of the EU after the Irish ‘No’, (2) renewed transatlantic relations after President Bush, and (3) the financial crisis and challenges of global governance. Please respond to the detailed questions number 1–3 below and outline major trends, reactions and considerations of these issues in your country (refer to the position/assessment of your country’s government, opposition, political parties, civil society organizations, pressure groups, press/media, and public opinion).
1. How does the future of the EU after the Irish ‘No’ look like?
Please refer to
- the conclusions of the European Council of December 2008 on the fate of the Lisbon Treaty,
- the upcoming European Parliament elections in June 2009,
- the formation of the new Commission in autumn 2009,
- the appointment of the High Representative.
Which long-term implications and scenarios for the integration process itself are expected and discussed?
2. Transatlantic relations renewed after President Bush: top priorities
On the 4th of November 2008, the people of the United States of America voted for their new President Barack Obama. What are the three top priorities for a re-definition or re-vitalisation of the transatlantic and EU-US relationship? What is needed on the part of the EU?
3. Financial crisis and challenges of global governance: the EU response
The financial crisis demonstrated once more the increased economic and social interdependence on a global scale. What are the expectations towards the EU in this context? How is the performance of the EU in the financial crisis so far perceived, discussed and evaluated in your country?
Which shifts in the international power constellation are expected? What are the consequences for the EU?
II. Looking back to the French Presidency
The French Presidency had to deal with many current events, like the Irish ‘No’, the financial crisis and the Georgian war. In this regard, what is the general evaluation of achievements, failures or weaknesses of the French Presidency? What are the expectations in your country for the main priorities of the Czech Presidency?
III. Prospects for ENP and enlargement after ‘Georgia’
The military conflict in Georgia might well have repercussions for the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and enlargement of the EU. Please outline the positions in your country with regard to the future of the ENP and with regard to further enlargement of EU and NATO. Are such issues of high salience in your country?
IV. Current issues and discourses in your country
Which other topics and discourses are highly salient in your country but not covered by this questionnaire?