We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the challenges the EU will be faced with in 2017 with our distinguished speakers Mr Markus Ferber MEP (EPP/DE), Mr Reinhard Butikofer MEP (Greens/DE), Mr Brando Benifei MEP (S&D/ITA) and Mr Pawel Swieboda, Deputy Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC).
The debate will be moderated by Chris Burns, longtime journalist and moderator
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About the debate
If Europe’s 2015 underlying features were the dragging on of the “Greek crisis‟ and the Eurozone macroeconomic imbalances, the main issues of the year 2016 have been the EU referendum and the refugee crisis. For the year 2017, along with the still standing neologism “Brexit‟, the keyword will most likely be “Populism‟. Although the interpretation and the possible consequences of this relatively new phenomenon vary according to the analytical approach adopted, it appears that this year Europe will not only be challenged in its capacity to react or contain a given emergency, but also in the way it will be able to regain cohesion and citizens’ trust. From the stand point of both EU institutions – national governments included – and the consolidation of the EU project itself, such evidence emerges despite the fact that the European and international economic outlook is finally improving. Indeed, finalising some of the most important long-standing issues related to the deepening of its integration process, the elaboration of new narratives or, at least, the setting up of an effective level-playing field will be crucial factors for Europe to give clear, tangible and positively-perceived responses to Europe’s (re)current challenges.