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Europe: where do we go from here?

Centre for Reform and LSE public debate

Robin Cook MP, Joschka Fischer, Lord Hurd, Charles Kennedy MP and Sir Peter Sutherland KCMG explore the future of Europe in a public debate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Monday 4 July.

The European Union is at a turning-point. 'No' votes in France and the Netherlands have derailed the constitutional ratification process and been followed by the UK Government's decision not to proceed at this stage with a referendum on the constitution. A full public debate on the future of the European Union is now vital.

This event is organised by the Centre for Reform and LSE.

  • Robin Cook MP was secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs from 1997-2001
  • Joschka Fischer has been federal minister of foreign affairs and vice-chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany since October 1998
  • Lord Hurd served as secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs in both Margaret Thatcher's and John Major's cabinets
  • Charles Kennedy MP is leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Sir Peter Sutherland KCMG is currently chairman of BP plc and a former European commissioner and director-general of the World Trade Organisation.

Duncan Greenland, Centre for Reform, chairs this event.

Europe: where do we go from here? is on Monday 4 July at 5-6.45pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. Click here to request a ticket from 10am on Wednesday 22 June| 


  • Members of the public: One ticket per person can be requested online here from 10am on Wednesday 22 June
  • To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk Please note that tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

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Press cuttings

The Lib Dems
Kennedy sets out three tests for Britain's presidency of EU (5 July 05)
Charles Kennedy, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has taken part in a debate organized by political think-tank the Centre for Reform at the London School of Economics, entitled 'Europe: where do we go from here?' Other participants were Joschka Fisher, Robin Cook, Douglas Herd and Peter Sutherland.

Financial Times
FT preview - Finding a European direction (4 July 05)
The London School of Economics hosts a discussion entitled "Europe: Where do we go from here?" as the European Union approaches a turning point in its history. Speakers at the event will include Lord Hurd and Robin Cook, former UK foreign secretaries; Joschka Fischer, German foreign minister; Charles Kennedy, UK Liberal Democrat leader; and Peter Sutherland, BP chairman.

20 June 2005