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LSE European Public Lecture Series

LSE's European Series of public lectures began in October 2005. The series was hosted by the European Institute at LSE and supported by LSE's Annual Fund.

The series featured searching contributions from leading thinkers and policy-makers. Professor Kevin Featherstone, director of the European Institute at LSE said: 
"The uncertainty over the European Union's future has shaped this series from the beginning and it continues to do so: with lectures covering what is to be done about the Constitution, what kind of economic and social model the EU should follow, the prospects for further enlargement, and the EU's response to terrorism, amongst others. This places the series at the forefront of the new European agenda and it is vital that major institutions like the LSE are fully engaged in this debate."

Please find below the listings of lectures in the 2005-6 European Public Lecture Series:

Michaelmas Term Programme

With intensive debate now engaged over Europe's future direction, the LSE's European Series of public lectures marked the UK's EU Presidency with searching contributions from some of Europe's leading thinkers and policymakers. What is the purpose of the EU and where should its borders lie? Can the EU reform its 'social model' and compete on a global scale? Has monetary union become an economic straitjacket? Can the EU deliver on its G8 and UN commitments to the developing world?

Monday 3 October
Challenges for Germany in Europe|
Speaker: Georg Milbradt, minister president of Saxony
Transcript available here|.

Thursday 6 October
Can Europe run the 21st Century?|
Speaker: Robert Cooper, director-general for external and politico-military affairs at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
No transcript available.

Monday 17 October
Europe and the World Trade Round: seizing the opportunity for growth and development|
Speaker: Christine Lagarde, French minister for foreign trade
Transcript available here|.

Wednesday 19 October
Can Europe be put back together again?|
Speaker: Chris Patten, former EU commissioner for external relations
No transcript available.

Thursday 27 October
The Turkish economy and the European Union|
Speaker: Süreyya Serdengeçti, governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
Transcript available here|.

Tuesday 1 November
Where does Europe end?|
Speaker: Norman Stone, professor of international relations at Bilkent University
No transcript available.

Thursday 10 November
Can the Eurozone succeed?
Speaker: Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank
No transcript available.

Monday 5 December
The future of EU enlargement: myths and realities|
Speaker: Olli Rehn, EU commissioner on enlargement
No transcript available.

 

Lent Term Programme

Speakers this term included Valery Giscard d'Estaing, president of the European Convention and former French President and Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, Spanish minister of Justice.

Wednesday 18 January, 6.00pm
France and Europe: the end of the affair?|
Speaker: Richard Descoings, president of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Venue: Shaw Library, sixth floor, Old Building
No transcript available.

Friday 20 January, 6.00pm
The Future of EU Enlargement: consolidation, conditionality and communication|
Speaker: Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner on enlargement 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Transcript available here|.

Wednesday 25 January, 6.30pm
'Anglo-Saxon' or ' Continental ' Model: the EU's false dichotomy?|
Speaker: Pierre Moscovici, vice president of the European Parliament
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
No transcript available.

Wednesday 15 February 2006, 1.00pm
Is there a European Culture?|
Speaker: Jan Figel, European Commissioner responsible for education, training, culture and multilingualism 
Venue: Shaw Library, sixth floor, Old Building
Transcript available here|.

Tuesday 28 February 2006, 6.30pm
The Political Future of Europe|
Speaker: Valery Giscard d'Estaing, president of the European Convention and former French President
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Transcript available here|.

Thursday 2 March 2006, 4.00pm
Suggestions for Economic Growth and Job Creation in Germany|
Speaker: Dr Thomas de Maizière
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone
Transcript available here|.

Wednesday 8 March 2006, 1.30pm

The Western Balkans: are they really part of Europe?|
Speaker: Lord Ashdown, international community's high representative in Bosnia Herzigovina from 2002-06  
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Transcript available here|.

Thursday 9 March 2006, 3.00pm
The Development of the European Capital Market|
Speaker: Charlie McCreevy, European Commissioner responsible for internal markets and services
Venue: Shaw Library, sixth floor, Old Building
Transcript available here|.

Monday 13 March, 6.30pm
New Challenges for Europe in a globalised world: terrorism, transnational crime and illegal immigration|
Speaker: Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, Spanish minister for Justice
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Transcript available here|.
 

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