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LMC 2018

How Great is Europe?

In spite of the rise of populist, Eurosceptic political parties in many European countries over recent years, a solid majority of EU citizens continues to see EU membership as a positive thing. Brexit was not the start of a domino effect. On the contrary, it led to a renewed recognition of the positive aspects of integration. The new leadership of France and Germany is expected to steer the EU towards strengthening the Eurozone and enhancing the EU´s contribution to security and defence. On the other hand, cleavages between East and West, and North and South, make it hard to agree on the steps ahead. Solidarity among member states and citizens has been weakened by the many crises that the EU has experienced in the past decade. Even common values can no longer be taken for granted. What will be the main challenges for the EU during the institutional cycle that will follow the European Parliament elections in 2019? What is it that holds us Europeans together? Are we simply afraid of the unknown consequences of disintegration? Or do we really believe that the EU is great?

Speakers

Jüri Ratas
Jüri Ratas

Prime Minister of Estonia

Lolita Cigane
Lolita Čigāne

Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Latvian Saeima

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff

Vice President and Executive Director, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Berlin Office

Konrad Szymanski
Konrad Szymański

Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland

Moderator

Ali Aslan

International TV Presenter and Journalist

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