As part of our continued efforts to bring together experts with a diverse perspective to discuss contemporary issues facing Europe, European Studies Center is conducting a Spring Virtual Lecture Series entitled Europe Today. Each session is recorded and later posted on the internet with suggested additional readings and further resources.
WEDNESDAYS | 4 PM
APR 5, 2023 I REGISTER
Steve Lund, University of Pittsburgh
"Norway’s Version of the American Dream"
The Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, recently stated that “the American dream can be achieved best in the Nordic countries.” For many who consider the economic and social mobility of the American Dream to belong uniquely to the United States, it can be surprising and illustrative to learn that other countries may have found better strategies for helping their citizens realize them. Focusing on Norway as a representative example of the Nordic Model of economic development and welfare, this lecture will consider what opinion surveys reveal about American and Norwegian citizens’ attitudes towards their respective systems, and how “freedom and mobility” may be particularly defined in each country as a result.
APR 12, 2023 I REGISTER
Andrzej Ceglarz , Technical University Munich, Germany
"European Energy Transition - Development Pathways, Challenges and Opportunities"
For more than three decades, the European Union has been recognized as a world leader in the fight against global warming and climate change. Climate policy has become a dominant issue on the EU's environmental agenda and has gradually been integrated into other policy areas, most notably energy policy. In terms of climate and energy policy, the EU has developed the most advanced and comprehensive regulatory framework in the world, which includes both EU-wide policies and targets to be achieved by Member States. Taken together, these policies and targets serve to advance the energy transition – a process aimed at transforming Europe's energy sector from fossil fuel-based to zero-carbon, mainly through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. However, the process is uneven in the different Member States. This lecture will present the development of European climate and energy policy, in the context of global climate politics. It will also illustrate different trajectories for the development of renewable energy policies, comparing two different case studies: Poland and Germany. Finally, it will discuss the current challenges of further developing the energy transition in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
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