Items for Final exam study guide

You have been asked to speak at the December meeting of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. Your topic is "Current Issues in the European Union." Based on the following outline and articles noted within it [from this study guide], what would be the text of your speech?



General

What Happened to Europe (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/opinion/global/what-happened-to-europe.html?hpw

A More Secular Europe, Divided by the Cross
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/world/europe/a-more-secular-europe-divided-by-the-cross.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=all



EU External Action Service

Catherine Ashton: The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
http://www.eeas.europa.eu/ashton/index_en.htm

Q&A: EU External Action Service
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11941411

A day in the life of David O'Sullivan: chief operating officer in the EU's diplomatic service, the EEAS
http://euobserver.com/videos/113279

Catherine Ashton's EU Soft Power
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23514483



EU military versus NATO

Nato chief: EU soft power is 'no power at all'
http://euobserver.com/defence/120046

Who needs Nato, when you have the Lisbon Treaty?
http://euobserver.com/defence/119894

Europe's Shrinking Military Spending under Scrutiny
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/world/europe/europes-shrinking-military-spending-under-scrutiny.html?hp&pagewanted=all

Better defence spending needed to back up EU 'principles'
http://euobserver.com/defence/12096



Where the EU is headed
Balance between "Brussels" and national governments

Top-level discussion glum on state of EU
http://euobserver.com/political/121654

How to Legitimize European Union: Decentralize
http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2013/07/22/how-to-legitimise-eu-decentralise/

European Union's Unending Quandary
http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2013/05/21/the-european-unions-unending-quandary/

New era as Brussels tightens its grip on national budgets
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/us-eurozone-governance-idUSBRE98P0BS20130926

Spying Scandal Alters U.S. Ties With Allies and Raises Talk of Policy Shift
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/world/spying-scandal-alters-us-ties-with-allies-and-raises-talk-of-policy-shift.html?ref=international-home



Eurozone

Skeptics See Euro Eroding European Unity
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/business/international/skeptics-see-euro-as-working-against-european-unity.html?ref=international-home&pagewanted=all

Euro zone suffers from integration fatigue
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eurozone-integration-fatigue-idUSBRE99O0F620131025

Young and educated in Europe, but desperate for jobs
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/world/europe/youth-unemployement-in-europe.html?ref=international-home&_r=0



Euroscepticism

Analysis: UK's Cameron aims to erase EU goal of 'ever closer union'
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-eu-britain-analysis-idUSBRE97404Z20130805

Britain and the "Quit Europe" Tide
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/opinion/britain-and-the-quit-europe-tide.html?hpw&rref=opinion&pagewanted=all



Eastern Partnership

Q & A: EU-Russia battleground
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25088613

EU-Russia rivalry looms over Vilnius summit (great map at bottom of article)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25133721

Europe's failure on Ukraine: Three Lessons
http://euobserver.com/opinion/122226

EU and Ukraine: What went wrong?
http://euobserver.com/foreign/122218

Ukraine faces E.U.'s Dismay on Turnabout on Accords
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/30/world/europe/european-union-grapples-with-disappointment-over-ukraine.html?hp

Thousands Demand Resignation of Ukraine Leader
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/world/europe/thousands-of-protesters-in-ukraine-demand-leaders-resignation.html?hpw&rref=world&pagewanted=all&_r=0



Upcoming European Parliament elections (May 2014)

Balance of power in current European Parliament
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/10/24/the-balance-of-power-in-the-current-european-parliament-is-crucial-for-understanding-the-issues-at-stake-in-the-2014-european-elections/

EU voters have not warmed to immigration
http://euobserver.com/political/121838

Barroso warns of xenophobia and nationalism
http://euobserver.com/tickers/121953

Anti-EU parties plan strategy to woo Europe's voters (Le Pen and Wilders)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24924378



Immigration into EU

Europe turns its eyes to migration policies
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/world/europe/europe-turns-its-eye-to-migration-policies-amid-another-sea-rescue.html?ref=international-home

EU leaders reject calls for action on Europe's migration problem
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-eu-migrants-idUSBRE99O0NB20131025

MEPs approve EU border surveillance system (Eurosur/FRONTEX)
http://euobserver.com/justice/121747

The Mediterranean Sea: a migration border
http://euobserver.com/opinion/121947



Movement within EU

Q & A: Schengen Agreement
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13194723

Germany to veto Schengen enlargement (Romania and Bulgaria) [March 4, 2013)
http://euobserver.com/justice/119261

Dispute over immigration widens between Britain and EU
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/world/europe/cameron-urges-limits-on-immigrants-welfare-benefits.html?src=rechp&pagewanted=all

Brussels on guard over UK's Romania, Bulgaria plan
http://euobserver.com/justice/122229

Germany and France back UK migration controls
http://euobserver.com/tickers/122274