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Opening session

Brave New World – Building a Stronger Europe?

May 16, 17:05-18:30

Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine has turned the EU into a geopolitical actor. The Union has taken a very clear stance in its foreign policy, adopting the toughest sanctions and export controls in its history, and providing aid in multiple forms, including military aid. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Europe has started to take defence spending seriously. The new defence plans that NATO adopted in Vilnius need to be filled with capabilities that the Alliance still needs to acquire. Have we done enough? How can we build a Europe that is able to defend itself from external shocks, both economically and militarily?


Michał Baranowski

Managing Director of the German Marshall Fund East

Guðni Th Jóhannesson

President of Iceland 

Věra Jourová

Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency

Kaja Kallas

Prime Minister of Estonia


Henry Foy

Brussels Bureau Chief at the Financial Times