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FT Business Future of Europe Lecture Series

The European Series of public lectures of the European Institute is one of Europe's leading platforms for senior politicians, officials and academics from across the EU. The lectures are followed by lively questions from LSE students and staff, as well as from representatives from a broad spectrum of sectors including government, business, NGOs and the media.

European Institute students are strongly encouraged to attend these events, both for the valuable insights which they afford into current debates about EU policies and European values, and as an integral part of the 'LSE experience'.

Michaelmas Term

Thursday 11 October, 17.15, Old Theatre  [CANCELLED]
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Alexander Vondra (Deputy PM of the Czech Republic with Responsibility for European Affairs)
'Right not to Choose?'|
Chair: Prof Christian Lequesne

Do we need to choose between Europe and America?


Tuesday 16 October, 17.15, Old Theatre
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series 
Andris Piebalgs (European Energy Commissioner)
'Europe's Emerging New Energy Policy'|
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers

Commissioner Piebalgs will outline the challenges of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply in drafting a European Energy Policy and Europe's energy responses.


Friday 2 November, 13.30, Shaw Library
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Jonas Gahr Støre (Norwegian Foreign Minister)
Strategic Challenges in the High North of Europe - Is a Sustainable Future Possible? A Norwegian Perspective|


Monday 5 November, 18.45, Old Theatre
LSE Hellenic Observatory 'Byron Theodoropoulos' annual lecture, in association with the LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe series
A lecture by Dora Bacoyannis (Foreign Minister of Greece)
Greece and Europe|


Monday 12 November, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Ferenc Gyurcsány (Prime Minister of Hungary)
'Hungary in the 21st Century'|


Friday 16 November, 12.00-13.00, Shaw Library
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Joaquin Almunia (European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs)
A new chapter in the European project: Europe in a global economy|


Wednesday 5 December, 13:00-14:00, Shaw Library
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Manuel António Gomes de Almeida de Pinho (Portuguese Minister of Economy and Innovation)
The Industrial Revolution in Energy|


Thursday 6 December, 15:00-16:00, Shaw Library
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Vladimir Drobnjak (Ambassador, chief negotiator for the accession negotiations of Croatia to the EU)
'EU Enlargement Continues - Croatia as the next EU Member State'|


Thursday 6 December, 18.30, New Theatre
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Philippe Legrain (author of Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them)
'Europe Should Open its Doors to Immigrants'|
Chair: Dr Eiko Thielemann
 
Demographic decline is placing Europe under huge pressure to take more immigrants. New approaches to labour markets, welfare systems, border controls and social integration are urgently needed.


Lent Term

Wednesday 9 January, 18.30-20.00, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Jim Murphy (MP)
The EU at 27 - taking on a global role|
 


Thursday 17 January 2008, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, Old Building
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Louis Michel (European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid)
Europe-Africa - The Indispensable Partnership|
Chair: Maurice Fraser
 


Tuesday 22 January, 18.30-20.00, Old Theatre, Old Building
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Jean Lemierre (President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
'Russia and Europe - New Neighbours Defining a New Neighbourhood'|


Wednesday 23 January 2008, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30pm
Hellenic Observatory Public Lecture (in association with the European Institute - FT Business The Future of Europe Series)
Dr Michalis Sarris
(Minister of Finance for the Republic of Cyprus) and Professor Christopher Pissarides (Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics, LSE)
'C|yprus Enters the 'Euro-zone': challenges and implications'|


Tuesday 12 February 2008 , Old Theatre, Old Building, 3:10-4pm
FT Business - LSE European Institute The Future of Europe lecture series in association with the LSE SU Albanian Society
Lulzim Basha (Foreign Minister of Albania)
'Euro-Atlantic Integration of South East Europe'|
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers

Lulzim Basha is the current Foreign Minister of Albania. He has held this post since May 2007 . Mr. Basha is a lawyer by training. He graduated with an LLM in Public European and International Law at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He later worked for the United Nations in Kosova before entering politics in his home country Albania. Basha joined the centre-right Democratic Party of Albania in January 2005 and became a member the presidency of the party in May of that year. He was the spokesman for the party during 2005 parliamentary elections at which he was elected to the Albanian Parliament. Straight after the election he served as Minister of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunications until he was appointed Foreign Minister in May of 2007.


Thursday 14 February 2008, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30-8.00pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Valdas Adamkus (President of Lithuania)
Completing Europe: Integration with Neighbours and Engagement with Russia|
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers


Monday 18 February 2008, Old Theatre, 6.30-8.00pm
Hellenic Observatory Public Lecture (in association with the European Institute - FT Business The Future of Europe Series)
Dr Nicholas Garganas (Governor of The Bank of Greece)
'The Single Monetary Policy and the Analytics of OCAs: what has the Euro experience taught us?'|
Chair: Howard Davies - Director of the LSE

Nicholas Garganas will look at how the introduction of the Euro challenges Monetary policy. Nicholas Garganas is the governor of the Bank of Greece, a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, a member of the Governing Council and the General Council of the European Central Bank, and a Governor of the International Monetary Fund for Greece.


Tuesday 26 February 2008, Old Theatre, 5.15-6.15pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Fredrik Reinfeldt (Prime Minister of Sweden)
'The New Swedish Model : a Reform Agenda for Growth and the Environment'|
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers

Fredrik Reinfeldt is Prime Minister of Sweden, a position he has held since being elected in 2006. He has been leader of the Moderate Party since 2003. In the Swedish Parliament he served on the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs. Prime Minister Reinfeldt studied at Stockholm University where he graduated with a BSc in Business Administration and Economics.


Wednesday 27 February 2008, 5:00-6:15pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Hans-Gert Pöttering (President of the European Parliament)
'Dialogue of Cultures or Clash of Civilizations?'|
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers

Hans-Gert Pöttering is president of the European Parliament. He has been a member of the Parliament since 1979 and was chairman of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats (EPP-ED) in the European Parliament (1999-2007).


Wednesday 5 March 2008, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30-8pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Frans Timmermans (Minister for European Affairs, Netherlands)
'What have the Romans ever done for us? - Global Europe from a Dutch perspective'|

Frans Timmermans will address issues of the changing political economy and the role the European Union can play in facing the challenges of today. The soft power of the EU is no longer limited to stabilisation and transformation of societies alone. Europe sets the standard in many fields. Yet, as Frans Timmermans will argue, pursuing the vision of Europe as a model power imposes a growing need for the Union's member states to start thinking and behaving in political terms. Less as a collection of different economies and more like a true economic union.


Summer Term

Monday 28 April 2008, Old Theatre, 6:30-8pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Sir Stephen Wall
'Britain and the EU: are we truly bad or just the misunderst'hoodies of Europe?'|

Stephen Wall was a British diplomat for 35 years. He was Britain's ambassador to the EU and Tony Blair's EU adviser.


Wednesday 30th April 2008, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30pm-8.00pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series in association with the Hellenic Observatory
Nicholas Garganas (Governor of the Bank of Greece)
'The Single Monetary Policy and the Analytics of OCA's: what has the Euro area experience taught us?'
Chair: Kevin Featherstone

Nicholas Garganas will look at how the introduction of the Euro challenges monetary policy. Nicholas C. Garganas is Governor of the Bank of Greece, a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, a member of the Governing Council and the General Council of the European Central Bank, and a Governor of the International Monetary Fund for Greece.


Thursday 8 May 2008, Old Theatre, 5:00-6:00pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Jean-Pierre Jouyet
'Towards the French Presidency of the EU: a lecture by Jean-Pierre Jouyet'|


Monday 19 May 2008, Shaw Library, 6:30-7:45pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Alexandr Vondra (Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Czech Republic)
'EU Competitiveness: Are we on the right track?'|
Chair: Christian Lequesne

In January 2007, Alexandr Vondra was appointed the Czech Republic´s Deputy Prime Minister for European affairs. He is responsible for preparing the agenda for the Czech EU Presidency. Prior to this position he was the Foreign Minister (2006-2007), Special Representative for the NATO Summit in Prague (2001-2002), Ambassador to the USA (1997-2001) and foreign policy advisor to former President Vaclav Havel (1990-1992). Alexandr Vondra played a central role in leading the Czech Republic to EU and NATO memberships. He is also a former spokesman for the Czech dissident movement Charter 77.


Wednesday 21 May 2008, Old Theatre, 6:30-8:00pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Lord Patten
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Is there a European Foreign Policy?'|

Lord Patten served as a minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major from 1983 to 1992, holding the position of chairman of the Conservative party from 1990 to 1992. From 1992 to 1997 he was governor of Hong Kong and from 1998 to 1999 he was chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland. He became a European commissioner in 1999, responsible for external affairs until 2004.


Wednesday 18 June 2008, Shaw Library, 6:00-7:30pm
LSE European Institute - FT Business Future of Europe lecture series
Dr. Ivo Sanader (Prime Minister of Croatia)
'A lecture by Dr. Ivo Sanader'|
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers

Dr Ivo Sanader is Prime Minister of Croatia, a position he has held since 2003. Prior to this he served as MP and Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of the Croatian Parliament. He was also previously Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (1993-1995 and 1996-2000), Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic of Croatia and Secretary General of the Defence and National Security Council (1995-1996). Dr Sanader obtained a PhD in 1982 in Comparative Literature and Romance Languages from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is the author of several books on literary history and contemporary politics.

 

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