The Center for European and International Affairs of the University of Nicosia

invite you to an event entitled






Tuesday, April 28, 2015

18:00 – 20:00


UNESCO Amphitheatre, Europa Building

University of Nicosia





18:00 – 18:10      Michalis Kontos

Associated with the Department of Law and the Department of European Studies and International Relations, University of Nicosia

Opening Address: The Eurozone Crisis and the Strategic Implications

18:10 – 18:25      Andreas Theophanous

Professor of Political Economy

President, Center for European and International Affairs, University of Nicosia


The Stakes Involved:

18:25 – 18:45      Tatiana Romanova

Associate Professor of European Studies and International Relations

Department of European Studies, St. Petersburg State University

EU-Russian Relations: Past, Present and Future Perspectives


18:45 – 19:05      Theodoros Tsakiris

Assistant Professor of Geopolitics of Hydrocarbons, University of Nicosia

EU-Russian Relations before and after the Ukrainian crisis: An appraisal


19:05 – 19:25      Giorgos Kentas

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Department of

European Studies and International Relations, University of Nicosia

Elements of Disintegration in the EU: To What Extent and How Serious?


19:25 – 20:00      Discussion





The Eurozone crisis constitutes the most serious challenge facing the EU since its creation.  Most technocrats, diplomats, academics as well as politicians were aware of the problematic foundations of Eurozone but they could not have foreseen the depth and the extent of the problems that the current crisis has brought.  It is essential to address these serious shortcomings effectively and to move to a new paradigm.  It does seem that the EU has lost its reason d’etre. To regain it, it has to address its structural weaknesses, reassess its priorities and try to promote a comprehensive foreign and security policy which will enhance stability and cooperation.  Priority should be given to the Ukrainian crisis, improvement of relations with Russia and the multiple challenges in the Middle East.