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Brussels Think Tank Dialogue – Federalism or Fragmentation: Spelling out Europe’s F-word

The European Union faces a tough choice between federalism and fragmentation. The momentum for further integration is building up amid talk of ever more “Unions” – banking, fiscal, political etc. But there is also a disconnect between political ambitions and popular sentiments, with many making common cause with anti-European populist politicians. As member states pursue […]

Date: April 22, 2013, 8:30 am

The European Union faces a tough choice between federalism and fragmentation. The momentum for further integration is building up amid talk of ever more “Unions” – banking, fiscal, political etc. But there is also a disconnect between political ambitions and popular sentiments, with many making common cause with anti-European populist politicians. As member states pursue national interests at the expense of solidarity and a common agenda, the EU risks further disintegration.

Ten leading Brussels-based think tanks meeting for the fourth Brussels Think Tank Dialogue on April 22 will take a close look at Federalism or Fragmentation: Spelling out Europe’s F-word. They will be joined in the debate by President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, amongst others. For the full programme, click here.

Jointly organised by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Bruegel, the Centre For European Policy Studies (CEPS), Confrontations Europe, the Egmont Institute, the European Policy Centre (EPC), Friends of Europe – Les amis de l’Europe, the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), Madariaga, College of Europe Foundation and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the Brussels Think Tank Dialogues are annual policy forums for critical reflection on the state of the EU and the joint development of analysis and recommendations to improve EU policies. The Dialogues are designed to address pressing political concerns as well as to offer recommendations on more specific issues.

This fourth dialogue will be comprised of five plenary sessions which will provide cutting edge policy analysis and hammer out recommendations through open discussion. Two sessions will review overall EU concerns while the three others will focus on Energy markets, Industrial Policy as a potential drive for growth, and External Relations after the crisis.

Event materials

Agenda here


Conference papers

Panel "The EU’s New Industrial Policy. Panacea against the Rampant Job Crisis?"

Panel "Energy Internal Market: State of the Art and Challenges Ahead"

  • Conference paper here

Panel "After the Crisis. Rethinking the EU’s Global Role in a Changing World"

  • Conference paper here

Practical details

  • Venue: Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels
  • Time: (NEW DATE) 22 April 2013, 9h30 – 18h00

Registration had to be closed earlier due to the fact that the maximum number of places has been reached.

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