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Europe needs to pull together, says former foreign policy chief

Southern-Europe-140-pixelsA new report being launched at LSE today by former foreign policy chief Dr Javier Solana argues for a revival of the European spirit. 

The report, “A Strategy for Southern Europe,” also calls on Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal to develop common policies with the rest of Europe on migration, maritime security, energy and defence.

Prepared by LSE IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and strategy, the report analyses the economic, political and social upheavals experienced by Southern Europe in the past five years.

Professor Michael Cox, Founding Director of LSE IDEAS, said:

“Southern Europe is pivotal to contemporary economic and security debates, yet its regional identity and integration are under-acknowledged. This report, and the establishment of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme at IDEAS, seeks to redress that by highlighting the importance and potential of the region.”

The report will be made public as part of a one-day conference hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science, bringing together some of the most senior academics and policy makers in Europe.

Dr Javier Solana, ESADEgeo’s president, will also deliver a public lecture this evening at 6.30pm, “The EU in the Eye of the Storm” discussing the biggest crisis in Southern Europe’s history.

For more details about the embargoed report, lecture and conference program, including a full list of the speakers, contact Zoi Koustoumpardi from LSE IDEAS on +44 20 7955 6101.

Additional notes for editors

For a copy of the report, contact Candy Gibson, LSE Press Office, on 020 7849 4624, c.gibson@lse.ac.uk

Dr Javier Solana is a distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. He is the former secretary general of NATO, European Union high representative for common foreign and security policy and secretary-general of the Council of the European Union.

14 October 2013