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Europe: where do we go from here?

Centre for Reform and LSE Public Debate

Date: Monday 4 July 2005
Time: 5.00pm - 6.45pm
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers:  Robin Cook MP, Joschka Fischer, Lord Hurd, Charles Kennedy MP and Peter Sutherland KCMG
Chair: Duncan Greenland

Update: If there is a question you would like to ask the panel, please email info@cfr.org.uk by 5.00pm on Friday 1 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.

Robin Cook MP was Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth affairs from 1997-2001. Since October 1998 Joschka Fischer has been Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. 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. Peter Sutherland KCMG is currently Chairman of BP plc and a former European Commissioner and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

The Centre for Reform is an independent, free-thinking forum for new ideas and progressive debate. It is a meeting point for people concerned about the world we live in but disillusioned with today's political solutions. It provides opportunities for people and organisations to come together and consider key issues; an alternative entry-point into the political process through ideas and debate; an opportunity to shape the future of politics through new thinking.  

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required.
Update: 12 noon Thursday 23 June

All tickets for this event have now been allocated and have been distributed as of Wednesday 22 June. Please note that one ticket per applicant was sent out. Any applicants who were unsuccessful in their ticket request have been advised.

If you have not been successful in requesting a ticket then you have two options on the day:

Returns Queue
There will be a returns queue in operation for this event. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located outside the entrance to the Old Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.

Video Link Venue:
There will also be a live video link to the New Theatre, East Building. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry to this venue will be on a first come, first served basis.

Ticket holders - important information

For security reasons it will NOT be possible to bring bags into this event. Small handbags will be allowed but at the discretion of security staff. There are NO facilities at the venue entrance for leaving bags so please make alternative arrangements to leave your belongings elsewhere before you arrive.

The School regrets that this may cause some inconvenience but is following security guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees. Thank you for your co-operation.


Transcript of Europe: where do we go from here? (PDF)

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