Joint discussion with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the EKD Brussels:


The EU as a global player- blocked between a sense of urgency and the need for unity?


What's it about?

United in diversity is the motto of the European Union. But the tension between maintaining the unity among EU Member States and the aim for progress and even more ambition in the European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy becomes more and more obvious: In Foreign Affairs the EU pursues a policy of the smallest common denominator of EU Member States´ interests. During the last months alone, the EU had to cope with the US trade war, the slow collapse of the Nuclear Deal with the Iran and the end of the INF Treaty. The need for an effective European Foreign and Security Policy is evident and there is a sense of urgency. 

Challenges and possible solutions ahead for the next legislative period will be thus discussed with the following experts, inter alia:

  • Matthias DEMBINSKI, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
  • Sven MIKSER, Member of the European Parliament, the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) and Security and Defence Committee (SEDE) (S&D)
  • Ursula SCHRÖDER, Editor in chief of the Peace Report 2019, Director, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH)
  • Dirck ACKERMANN, Senior Military Superintendent, Chief of the theological policy branch, Office of the Protestant Church for the German Bundeswehr

The conference will be held in English. There will be no interpretation.

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