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Dialogue of Cultures or Clash of Civilizations?

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FT Business-LSE European Institute The Future of Europe public lecture

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2008
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Hans-Gert Pöttering
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers

How should Europe respond to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism? Is there a looming 'clash of civilisations'? In his first speech in London as President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering talks about what the EU is doing to promote inter-cultural dialogue, how parliamentary institutions can help promote mutual understanding, and whether there are lessons to be drawn from post-war European integration for possible conflict resolution in the Middle East. 2008 has been designated 'European Year of Intercultural Dialogue' by the European Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers.

Hans-Gert Pöttering is president of the European Parliament. He has been a member of the Parliament since 1979 and was chairman of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats (EPP-ED) in the European Parliament (1999-2007).

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7060.

The next event organised by the European Institute will take place on Monday 3 March and is entitled The West in a New World: what future for transatlantic relations?


A copy of Hans-Gert Pöttering's speech is now available to download:

Download: Dialogue of Cultures or Clash of Civilizations? (pdf)