LSE public lecture
Date: Wednesday 4 February 2009
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building
Speaker: Jean Asselborn
Luxembourg Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, will address the role of Europe in world affairs. He will cover the challenges facing the EU in light of the recent conflict in its immediate neighbourhood between Russia and Georgia and the consequences of this conflict on EU-Russia relations. He will also examine the influence of the new President of the United States, Barack Obama, on transatlantic relations and discuss the complex issues involved in reforming the EU institutions, addressing in particular the problems surrounding the pending ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.
Born on 27th April 1949, Jean Asselborn now lives in the town of Steinfort, where he served as mayor between 1982 and 2004.
In 1984 he was elected to the Luxembourg Parliament for the first time and has kept his seat at each subsequent election. In 1989 he was appointed head of the parliamentary group of the "LSAP", the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party, and was elected chairman of the party in 1997.
On 31st July 2004, following the June 2004 parliamentary elections, Jean Asselborn was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
Minister Asselborn holds a master's degree in private judicial law from the University of Nancy, France. He is married and father of two daughters.
A transcript of Minister Asselborn's lecture is now available to download.
Download: Europe in the World (pdf)
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