The British referendum vote against the EU, Donald Trump‘s victory in the USA, right-wing national governments in Hungary and Poland, strong right-wing populist and also left-wing populist movements across Europe: an increasing number of citizens are deciding against established politics and against Europe - at least against the European Union as we know it today.
Europe’s cohesion and ability to act are under threat. The European Union is divided on many issues. By not bravely tackling the major challenges it is further stoking its crisis of legitimacy.
Sixty years after the signing of the Treaties of Rome, Europe must once again pull together, turn the crisis into an opportunity and defend its liberal democracy model. There is much to lose: peace and security, the freedom of movement and political freedoms, for which Europeans have fought for centuries. The European Union must provide credible responses – in areas where Europe can achieve more through a common stance: a strong value-based foreign and security policy, a sustainable economic and infrastructure policy, an innovation-friendly climate and energy policy, a refugee and asylum policy that measures up to the current challenges. The EU must, in future, continue to be a guarantor for prosperity, peace and freedom.
Through this conference, we want to examine the question of how Europe can defend its liberal values, reach a new fundamental consensus, revitalize the spirit of cooperation and solidarity, and strengthen its ability to act.
- Shada Islam, Director of Policy, Friends of Europe, Brussels
- Ska Keller, MEP, President, the Greens/EFA, Brussels
- Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
- Andrew Moravcsik, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA
- Barbara Nowacka, Politician, Feminist and Founder of Inicjatywa Polska, Warsaw
- Ulrich K. Preuß, Professor Emeritus of Public Law, Politics and Theories of the State, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
- Lucile Schmid, Co-President, Green European Foundation, Paris
- Sylke Tempel, Editor-in-Chief, Berlin Policy Journal, Berlin
- Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford
- Ralf Fücks, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
Note: The conference will be translated simultaneously German/English and will be livestreamed.