The new Studies Centre on Contemporary Europe (Access Europe) will be opened in Amsterdam tomorrow on initiative by two universities of the Dutch capital (University of Amsterdam, UvA, and the Free University, Vu). It will be a platform for research, education and public debate on the EU and its member states, "in order to understand the current crisis of Europe in a better way", said the promoters. "Through a growing interpenetration of European and national politics, we entered an era of semi-sovereign political systems in the EU". The conviction is that "within the academic world, too, it is necessary to overcome the old division between national comparative studies and research of European integration rooted in international relations". Research and debate will concentrate on six interconnecting fields: Europe and the world, European constitutionalism, identity and culture, legislation and governance, politics and society, economy of integration and welfare. "Europe in Crisis, Resilient Europe" is the title of the two-day seminar opening the works of Access Europe. Dutch Minister of Culture Mariëtte Bussemaker and the deans of the two faculties will take part in it; Loukas Tsoukalis, teacher of European integration at the University of Athens will deliver the speech "Which Europe after the Crisis?".

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