9 December 2015

Europe Under Pressure: Managing the Refugee Influx and Tackling the Conflicts That Cause it

Location Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Speakers | Wolfgang Ischinger, Claus Offe, Anna Triandafyllidou.
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Roundtable Discussion on Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 6–8pm

With
Wolfgang Ischinger, Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice and Dahrendorf Senior Fellow, Hertie School of Governance; Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Claus Offe, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Co-chair of the Dahrendorf Working Group “Europe-Mena Relations”, Hertie School of Governance
Anna Triandafyllidou, Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute

Moderation: Melinda Crane (Deutsche Welle TV)
Welcome: Helmut K. Anheier (Hertie School)

The event is co-hosted by the Dahrendorf Forum.
Faculty and students from Hertie School’s partner university Sciences Po in Paris will contribute to the discussion via live video link.

To register, please send an e-mail to events(at)hertie-school.org.


Europe’s reaction to the refugee influx has been characterized by hand-to mouth crisis management and the absence of a shared strategy. This internal discord has not only strained relationships with Turkey and the Balkan States, the key transit routes for refugees, but also heightened political tensions within the EU itself. Moreover, the EU and its partners have not been able to forge a joint response to the armed conflict in Syria and the terrorist attacks by the so called Islamic State.

How can Europe present a united front in this situation? Which instruments can we use and where? What kind of European Neighbourhood Policy is needed in the long-run? And which partners can we work with? The events in Paris on 13 November and France’s subsequent efforts to build an international counterterrorism alliance and end the conflict in Syria make these questions more pressing than ever.