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2016 Dahrendorf Symposium

(c) Dahrendorf Forum / Steffen Weigelt

Europe and the world: Global insecurity and power shifts

Europe today is confronted by an unprecedented set of external challenges. In recent years European resilience has been tested in the face of economic turmoil and geopolitical shifts. How can the European Union shape relations with its border regions (Russia/Ukraine, Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East), and the core regions of the world economy (North America and East Asia)?

The participants discussed, amongst other things, the recent global challenges to Europe’s foreign policy and foreign policy options for 2025. The event included contributions from five interdisciplinary working groups that brought into discussion various European and non-European perspectives and addressed Europe’s relations with the world.

As panelists we welcomed, among others, László Andor (Mercator Senior Fellow, Hertie School; former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), Stefanie Babst (Head of NATO Strategic Analysis Capability), Franziska Brantner (Member of the German Parliament), Sir Robert Cooper (Visiting Professor at LSE; British diplomat and adviser), Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger (Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference), Fuat Keyman (Director of the Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabanci University, Istanbul), Norbert Röttgen (Member of the German Parliament, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs).

The event was hosted by the Hertie School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Stiftung Mercator.