Small states in Europe: Slovenia and its position within the EU

Monday October 27 from 12:00 to 13:00 in Oddi 201 at the University of Iceland

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland
in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Iceland

Small states in Europe: Slovenia and its position within the EU

Does “smallness” affect the way in which smaller member states of the EU approach their European policy? In this open seminar, Cirila Toplak will explain what effects Slovenia’s perceived smallness has on the countries’ European policy and invite a debate on the comparability of these issues with other “small” European states. The year 2014 has been quite telling with respect to Slovenia’s perception as a small EU state as well as with respect to Slovenians’ views on Slovenia’s “small” impact on EU decision-making structures. However, the “smallness” in question is not necessarily caused by traditional realist factors, but is also deeply rooted in political culture of the country and has much more to do with path-dependence patterns than with its size.

Dr. Cirila Toplak is an Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Moderator: Jóna Sólveig Elínardóttir, MA in International Affairs.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all.

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