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Europe At Risk? Democracy and Peace in a Global and Changing Europe

Hosted by the European Institute

The Europe Salon, Sofitel Brussels Europe, Brussels, Belgium


Marta Lorimer

Marta Lorimer

Niclas Poitiers

Niclas Poitiers

Borja Guijarro Usobiaga

Borja Guijarro Usobiaga


Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

Join us for this LSE European Institute event, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the EI, where our panel will discuss current challenges to democracy faced by Europe today. 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of China, democratic backsliding and populism, demographic changes, and the global climate crisis are some of the key challenges facing Europe today - challenges that produce real risks for the prospects of democracy, prosperity, and peace in Europe. We will take stock of these challenges and discuss solutions as well as potential opportunities for the future of the European project in the 21st century during these moments of historic transformative change. 

Meet our speakers and chair

Chris Anderson (@soccerquant) is Ralf Dahrendorf Professor of European Politics and Society, LSE European Institute.. A student of political behaviour, Anderson’s research has centred on the micro-foundations of markets and democracy, including the popularity of governments, public support for European integration, and people’s satisfaction with democracy. Anderson is the recipient of several scientific prizes, including the American Political Science Association’s Heinz Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review and the Best Article Award from the Journal of Politics. He also has served as President of the American Political Science Association’s Sections on European Politics & Society and Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior.

Marta Lorimer (@_mlorimer) is Fellow of European Politics at LSE European Institute. Prior to joining the European Institute, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Exeter, and she has also held visiting positions at Forum MIDEM at TU Dresden and at the Centre d’Etudes Européennes in Sciences Po Paris. Marta’s research focuses on far right politics and differentiated integration in the European Union.

Niclas Poitiers (@nfPoitiers) is Research Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat de Barcelona, a M.Sc. in economics from the Universität Bonn, and a B.Sc. from Universität Mannheim. Niclas' research interests include international trade, international macroeconomics and the digital economy.  He is working on topics on e-commerce in trade as well as European trade policy in global trade wars. Furthermore he is interested in topics on income inequality and welfare state policies.

Borja Guijarro Usobiaga (@BGUsobiaga) works in Strategic Communications at the European External Action Service. His area of work focuses on the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Before joining the EEAS, Borja worked as a speechwriter for the EU’s Energy and Climate Action Commissioner and on Strategic Foresight at the European Commission’s Secretariat-General. He has published on economic sanctions and advised the United Nations and the UK government in this field. Borja holds a PhD in International Relations from LSE (2011-2015).

More about this event

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. 

Venue: The Europe Salon, Sofitel Brussels Europe, Brussels, Belgium

Event Language: English

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Twitter Hashtag: #LSEBrussels


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