Between internal challenges and strategic autonomy

The Institute of International Relations with the cooperation of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy would like to invite you to the debate titled ''Between internal challenges and strategic autonomy''. The event will be held on November 25, 2018 at 2 pm in Representation of European Commission, Jungmannova 24, Prague.


Datum: 15.11.2018
Čas: 14:00
Místo: Representation of European Commission, Jungmannova 24, Prague
Spolupráce: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
Organizuje: Prague European Summit

In the recent years, the European Union has been focused on internal challenges, ranging from Brexit negotiations to the migration crisis, but also on more mundane tasks such as negotiating the new MFF of the Union. However, a number of fundamental changes in global politics have forced the EU to re-focus the attention of its policy-makers to its external activities once again. In particular, with the changing course of US foreign policy under President Trump and a more assertive Russia, the EU must focus on its international role, and, specifically, the growing need for its strategic autonomy. Is the EU capable of solving its internal problems, while reasserting its high international profile? Can/should the strategic autonomy of the EU be achieved, and what consequences might this have for its major global partnerships? Will Brexit complicate these tasks, or will it, paradoxically, simplify them? 

Confirmed speakers:
Péter Balázs, Professor, Central European University, former EU Commissioner
Roland Freundenstein, Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Barbara Lippert, Director of Research & Executive Board, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
Vessela Tcherneva, Head of and Senior Director for Programmes, ECFR Sofia - ЕСВП София

• Petr Kratochvíl, Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations

As part of the event there will be the Future of Europe exposition installment at the venue. The project 2018 - Future of Europe was financially supported by Institute of International Relations; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Representation in Czech Republic; and the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

Please keep in mind that online registration is essential for your participation at the debate.

We are looking forward to your participation!