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What Is the Phone Number of Europe? Leadership in the European Union After the Lisbon Treaty

The Lisbon Treaty introduced significant changes in the institutional order and external representation of the European Union. This workshop will revisit the founding compromise of European integration between sovereignty and supranationality and assess the effects of these transformations on the legitimization of the EU. Focusing on the European Council as the prominent governing body of the European polity and the most dramatic arena of European politics, European and American academics and officials will offer their views. Inter-institutional relationships within the European Parliament and the transatlantic dialogue will also be addressed.

"What is the Phone Number of Europe, Again?
Leadership in the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty"

December, 8th 2010 – 2pm-5pm, Conference Room 4th floor, Wilson Center, Washington DC



Part 1 : Domestic Calls. Focus on the European Council

- Yann-Sven RITTELMEYER (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
"The European Council and its Presidency. Lisbon as a Further Step in an Old Story?"

- Simone BUNSE (Georgetown University)
"What's Left from the Rotating Presidency? The Future of "National" Presidencies"

- François FORET (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
"Legitimacy in Numbers? Communicative Aspects of the Post-Lisbon EU"


Part 2 : Interinstitutional and International Calls

- Piotr NOWINA-KONOPKA (Director, European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress)
"The European Parliament in the New Institutional Order"

- Charles KUPCHAN (Georgetown University and Council on Foreign Relations)
"An American Reflection on the EU and the State of the Transatlantic Relationship"

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC
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Organized with the support of the Wilson Center, the Institute of European Studies and the CEVIPOL (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and the FNRS.

This event will be held in the 4th floor conference room.


  • Francois Foret

    Former Public Policy Scholar
    Associate Professor in Political Science, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Director of Political Research, Institute of European Studies, ULB.
  • Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer

  • Charles Kupchan

    Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Piotr Nowina-Konopka