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?