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The changing role of Europe - find out more at LSE

Illustration of the symbol of the Euro currencyThis is a big year for Europe with the controversy over the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, calls for Britain to join the strengthening euro and elections in the UK for members of the European parliament. LSE hosts three events next week looking at key aspects in shifting role of Europe during 2009.

On Wednesday 4 February Luxembourg vice-prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Jean Asselborn (pictured below) will give a lecture entitled Europe in the World

Photograph of Jean AsselbornAddressing 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 Barack Obama on transatlantic relations and discuss the complex issues involved in reforming EU institutions, addressing in particular the problems surrounding the pending ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Photograph of Bruno Le MaireBruno Le Maire (pictured right), French minister of state for European affairs, will look at why 2009 is a crucial year for Europe in a lecture on Thursday 5 February, and earlier that day, the Slovenian prime minister Borut Pahor (pictured below) will discuss his country's move from a federal entity to a state at the helm of the EU.

Photograph of Borut PahorEurope in the World and Why 2009 is a crucial year for Europe are both free and open to all with no ticket required. From a federal entity to a state at the helm of the EU is ticketed. One ticket per person is available via the online request form.

For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6043.

Want a press seat? Contact the Press Office on 020 7955 7060 or by emailing pressoffice@lse.ac.uk

29 January 2009