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This unit gives an overview of current challenges to EU governance. As a first step, the course introduces the students to the key concepts and controversies discussed in the study of European integration. Next, it discusses the institutional set-up, main actors and decision making in the EU; in particular it takes a closer look at the relationship between the EU institutions and the power relations between the actors. In addition, the unit outlines various theoretical debates in the study of the European integration that provide useful tools for the analysis of EU politics and policies. Afterwards, the course explores in more detail some relevant policy fields of the EU, highlighting the controversies present in these areas. These areas include the economic governance of the EU, the EU’s security and defense policies as well as Justice and Home Affairs. Against this backdrop, the unit engages with the current challenges to EU governance emphasizing those linked to the EU’s future developments. The challenges include centrifugal politics in the EU, the external governance of the EU and European identity. The goal of the course is to provide an introduction to analytical tools useful for the exploration of current developments in the EU on the one hand and to engage students with the current challenges the EU is facing, in particular regarding institutions, policies and legitimacy of the EU, on the other.