Arqus Academic Debate #5: Europe as a global actor

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18:00 - 19:00


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On Wednesday 17th March at 18:00 CET, Arqus holds the fifth Arqus Academic Debate. This time, the focus will be globalisation and the role of Europe

Europe is involved in a wide range of global interactions and competitions. For a long time, however, it has relied on its integration into the blocs of the Cold War and later into the continuation of the Atlantic Alliance. This is not only less and less adequate but is also perceived as increasingly unsatisfying. This raises the problem of answering the question - both in individual European societies and at the EU level - of how one envisions the future European strategy in relation to global challenges? What concrete steps need to be taken to achieve this? This general problem can be played through on various objects (from the environment to pandemic, from copyright to international law, from foreign trade to knowledge society, etc.).

In this debate, experts from different Arqus universities and fields of expertise will focus on how Europe acts internationally and how it reacts to what is perceived as a substantial crisis full of challenges: Brexit, climate change, pandemic, etc. The panelists, from very different perspectives, will discuss questions about

(1) what they think about Europe’s quality as an actor in comparison to the member states;
(2) how they interpret the European capacities to act according to its economic potential on the international stage and in comparison to competitors such as the US, China, Russia etc;
(3) how they see Europe being prepared for challenges of a truly global character.


Margarita ¦e¨elgyte, Vilnius University
Solveig Richter, Leipzig University
Paolo Roberto Graziano, University of Padua
Luis Hinojosa, University of Granada
Florian Bieber, University of Graz

Matthias Middell, Leipzig University

The debate will be broadcast live on the Arqus YouTube channel.

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