The debate on the future of Europe is as old as the European Union itself. However, this debate is more urgent than ever, because the internal centrifugal forces within the EU have never been as strong as they are today. While the US under President Biden is once again claiming its traditional role as the leading Western power and opposing the rising, authoritarian China and Russia, the EU is in danger of missing the chance to preserve the "freedom of self-development" (Richart Löwenthal) for the future as well. How can Europe assert itself as an independent force between the US, China and Russia in order to continue to exert influence on the global agenda in the future?
After the welcome by the Pro-Rector Prof. Ellen Bos, AUB and Beate Martin, Head of the FES Budapest Office, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Katarina Barley (via Zoom), and the former Foreign Minister of Hungary, Peter Balazs, will comment on how the EU can strengthen internal cohesion and assert itself between the US and China and vis-à-vis Russia. Both will be happy to take your questions and comments.
We look forward to your participation and a lively discussion!