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Series: "Europe's Role in the World"

Gerard Girbes Berges


Series: "Europe's Role in the World"

From 13 to 22 June

La Casa Encendida
Ronda de Valencia, 2


Six round table debates on the current situation of the European Union (EU): its role in the larger world, Brexit, interculturality, cooperation, the refugee crisis and energy dependence. Will the EU be able to defend the rights and fulfil the obligations it has assumed, using the crisis as an opportunity to reinforce its principles and values?

"Europe will be forged in crises." - Jean Monnet

The European Union (EU), one of history's most successful experiments in the prevention of violent conflicts, has a great burden of responsibility in our globalised, interconnected world. Today, by analysing the evolution of its policies on matters such as immigration, security, cooperation and energy, it seems clear that, rather than acting as a union with shared interests and priorities, each of the twenty-eight member-states consistently puts its own interests first, calling the "community" aspect of the political project into question.

Although it remains the most exclusive club on the planet in terms of the security and welfare of its members, today the EU is undergoing an existential crisis in which the accumulation of various factors threatens to destroy the project or render it irrelevant. The weaknesses and structural problems that make a country want to leave the EU (Brexit), immigration policies that conflict with the most basic human rights, and growing inequalities that fuel the fires of Euroscepticism are just some of the most obvious symptoms of an unsettling re-nationalisation process.

With the collaboration of: Política Exterior

Coordinated by: IECAH (Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action)


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