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The Europe Question: Perspectives from the UK

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the LSE European Institute have been awarded an EU grant and have joined forces for the organisation of events and initiatives for the promotion of debate on Europe. 

The debate series started in the academic year 2012/13 under the title “Europe at the Crossroads" and continues in 2013/14 under the banner "The Europe Question: perspectives from the UK". The new series will consist of five new public events. This series is in partnership with the EC Representation in the UK

‘The Europe Question: perspectives from the UK’ initiative aims to bridge the evident gap in understanding and mutual distrust between the UK, its European partners and the EU institutions in Brussels, through a sober and systematic examination of the most fundamental issues surrounding European integration and the UK's place within the European project. This initiative by ECFR, the LSE European Institute and the European Commission Representation in the UK constitutes the next chapter in the well-received ‘Europe at the Crossroads’ initiative.

Summer Term 2014

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‘European Parliamentary Elections: What’s at stake?’

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE

Sir Menzies Campbell
, Member of Parliament for North East Fife and former leader of the Liberal Democrats

Stuart Wheeler
, Treasurer, UKIP

Mark Leonard
, co-Founder and Director of ECFR

Dr Sara Hagemann
is Assistant Professor at the LSE European Institute and Co-Founder of VoteWatch Europe, an online initiative that monitors EU decision-makers’ voting records.

Prof Maurice Fraser
is Professor of Practice in European Politics and Head of the LSE European Institute.

Chair: John Peet, Europe Editor of The Economist.

Free admission and open to all.




Lent Term 2014


‘From Iran to Ukraine: Successes and Failures of Europe’s Foreign Policy in 2013’ 
Wednesday 12 February 2014
Time: 12.30-14.00
Venue: ECFR, 35 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9JA
Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General, EEAS
Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR
Maurice Fraser, Head of the European Institute, LSE
Chair: Steven Erlanger, London bureau chief, The New York Times

Please send RSVP to london@ecfr.eu  

2013 saw some major European diplomatic successes. These include the historic Kosovo-Serbia deal, which Baroness Ashton brokered in April, and the interim deal between the E3+3 and Iran on nuclear issues which represented real progress for the European states’ decade long policy of diplomacy towards Iran.
But against the backdrop of these successes, European policies are being challenged in both the southern and eastern neighbourhood – in particular by Ukraine and the ongoing regional conflict centred on Syria.
Based on the findings of the 2014 European Foreign Policy Scorecard, this event will discuss how Europe has managed (or not) to achieve its objectives when dealing with the rest of the world and how it can better achieve common goals in 2014. The discussion will also take in the role of the UK as an independent actor in the EU’s foreign policy.

Michaelmas Term 2013



Sebastien Dullien
Panel discussion: 'European competitiveness: is completing the single market the key?'
Thursday 21 November 2013
Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre
Yiannos Papantoniou, former Greek Economy and Finance Minister from 1994 to 2001
Damian Chalmers, Professor in European Union Law, LSE
Sebastien Dullien, Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR
Chair: Prof Iain Begg

The single European market has been a remarkable achievement. Its completion could substantially boost growth - especially in the EU's struggling economies. Has the euro crisis put paid to those hopes?

For more info, please email: euroinst.events@lse.ac.uk  



‘A Global Strategy for Europe: the necessity of choice’
Wednesday 30 October 2013

Time: 12.30-14.00
Venue: ECFR, 35 Old Queen Street, London, SW1H 9JA
(Lord) Anthony Giddens, Sociologist and author of Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?
Luuk van Middelaar, Advisor and Speechwriter to Herman Van Rompuy, European Council
Susi Dennison, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR 

In a rapidly changing international environment, events such as the Arab Spring and the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen summit on climate change have challenged European preconceptions about neighbourhood security and “effective multilateralism”. Russia’s rearmament and the US “pivot” to Asia have raised doubts about the bases of European security. Ahead of the December 2013 European Council meeting on Defence and Security, reflection is necessary on some of the fundamental questions which will shape Europe’s foreign policy strategy going forward.

This event is by REGISTRATION only. For more info, please email: euroinst.events@lse.ac.uk