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LSE and London Festival of Europe debates

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, and in the midst of increasingly heated debate about the borders of Europe, LSE and the London Festival of Europe hosts three public debates examining current issues.

Thursday 22 March will see a debate about European Social Models at the LSE Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, to begin at 6.30pm.

Patrick Diamond, director of the Policy Network, will outline the uniting themes of the European Social Models and the system of capitalism in the UK. Katinka Barysch, hHead economist, Centre for European Reform, will talk about how the Central and Eastern European Countries are fitting with the models of the West. Michael Goyer, Warwick University, will then present on the socio-economic integration of immigrants into varieties of European capitalism. Presentations will be followed by a panel debate.

An expert panel will explore Europe and the Environment on Friday 23 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE.

As Europeans become increasingly preoccupied with the future of the habitats of the world, and have increasing influence on those habitats, the European relationship to the environment must be evaluated. Are there specifically European problems and approaches? What should European settlements of the future be like, and how can we go about starting to construct them? Addressing these issues are Olivier Delbard, ESCP-EAP, Paris; Caspar Henderson, a writer and consultant; and Ken Worpole, a writer on architecture, urban landscape and policy.

The series concludes on Sunday 25 March, with a debate examining Europe's borders, Contested Borders, Contested Identities, at the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE at 7.30pm.

Is there a single European identity or set of values? Can those values be defined by borders? Debating these key issues and exploring how European values, geography, past and present are involved in relating to European Identities, will be:

  • Kirsty Hughes, a writer on European affairs.
  • Kalypso Nicolaidis, director of the European Studies Centre, Oxford University.
  • Calin Cotoi, the University of Bucharest.

These events are both free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.


For more information or to book a press seat for either of these events, please contact Leo Halepli on 07908 866999 or email L.S.Halepli@lse.ac.uk| 


London Festival of Europe
The London Festival of Europe is a re-engagement of London with Europe. It is a gathering of philosophers, artists and political thinkers from across the world in some of London's most important cultural institutions to throw open the possibility of public debate of the many and varied European questions.

European Institute
The European Institute at LSE is a leading international centre for the study of contemporary Europe beyond the border of the enlarged European Union. It is dedicated to flexible, student-centred teaching that is geared to accommodate individual needs.

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