Ukraine, Europe and the Return of Geopolitics

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Online and in-person public event (Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building)


Klaus Welle

Klaus Welle

Former Secretary General, European Parliament


Kevin Featherstone

Kevin Featherstone

Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the Hellenic Observatory, LSE European Institute

This academic year's Maurice Fraser Lecture features Klaus Welle, who has served as Secretary General of the European Parliament, a key administrative post in the EU system, for the last 13 years, retiring in December 2022. He will explore the origins and significance of Russia's war on Ukraine, its implications for and impacts on the European Union political system and Transatlantic relations, and how recent events fit into wider geo-political shifts and shocks that pose important choices for Europe.

More about our speaker and chair

Klaus Welle was Secretary General of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2022. His previous roles in Brussels include serving as chief of staff to the President of the European Parliament, as Director General for EU Internal Policies in the Parliament's administration, and as Secretary General successively of the European People's Party (EPP) transnational political party and of the EPP political group in the European Parliament.

Kevin Featherstone is a Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the Hellenic Observatory at the LSE European Institute at LSE.

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