Intermediate Level - European Council
The European Council brings together EU leaders to set the EU’s political agenda. It represents the highest level of political cooperation between EU countries.The European Council decides on the EU’s overall direction and political priorities. This committee is great for people who already have some MUN experience.
Topic A: The Eastern Partnership: The role of the EU in the Caucasus
Topic B: Addressing nationalism and anti-EU sentiment within member states
The Caucasus, a region steeped in a rich and complex history defined by cultural and religious diversity, turmoil and conflict, has had a growing relationship with the European Union. The Eastern Partnership, an initiative as part of the European Neighbourhood Program to encourage closer political and economic ties with the Caucasus faces a number of problems in the future. Growing geopolitical tensions with Russia, economic problems, and a number of human rights breaches invites the EU to reflect on its role in the region.
Populist rhetoric, nationalist sentiment present a profound threat to the future of European integration. The declining trust in the European Union, in turn, has led to a decline in turnout at European Parliamentary elections, hostility within and between EU members, and even the withdrawal of the United Kingdom. Resolving nationalism and populism is no easy feat for the European Council, but steps must be taken to help restart the process of reintegration and stabilise the union.