25—27 May 2016

Europe’s Future in the Context of Global Insecurity: Dahrendorf Symposium 2016

Location Akademie der Künste | Pariser Platz 4 | 10117 Berlin
Beginning 10  Ending 18

Dahrendorf Symposium 2016
Europe and the World – Global Insecurity & Power Shifts
25 – 27 May 2016
Akademie der Künste, Berlin

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Blogs & Interviews from the Dahrendorf Symposium can be read here.

The Symposium was live-tweeted using #dsym2016. Catch up with the debate in our Storify.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016
15:30 Arrival and Registration
16:30 – 17:00 Welcome
17:00 – 19:00 Opening Panel Discussion “A world transformed: Europe in an era of global power shifts”

Thursday, 26 May 2016
09:00 – 10:15 Introductory Panel with all Dahrendorf Working Group Chairs
10:30 – 12:30 Five Parallel Sessions
14:00 – 15:30 Roundtable “Is there a threat to economic globalisation?”
16:15 – 17:45 Roundtable “Democracy challenged: populism, illiberalism, radicalism”
18:00 – 19:30 Roundtable “Global power shifts and their consequences for Europe”

Friday, 27 May 2016
09:30 – 11:00 Roundtable “Europe in the world 2025”
11:45 – 13:15 Roundtable “Global Strategy for the EU – game changer or just a wish list?”
13:15 – 14:00 Concluding Panel “Global challenges to Europe’s foreign policy”


Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin


Europe today is confronted by an unprecedented set of external challenges. In recent years European resilience has been tested in the face of economic turmoil and geopolitical shifts. How can the European Union shape relations with its border regions (Russia/Ukraine, Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East), and the core regions of the world economy (North America and East Asia)?

The participants will discuss, amongst other things, the recent global challenges to Europe’s foreign policy and foreign policy options for 2025. The event will include contributions from five interdisciplinary working groups that will bring into discussion various European and non-European perspectives and address Europe’s relations with the world.


As panelists we welcomed, among others, László Andor (Mercator Senior Fellow, Hertie School; former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), Stefanie Babst (Head of NATO Strategic Analysis Capability), Franziska Brantner (Member of the German Parliament), Sir Robert Cooper (Visiting Professor at LSE; British diplomat and adviser), Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger (Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference), Fuat Keyman (Director of the Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabanci University, Istanbul), Norbert Röttgen (Member of the German Parliament, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs), and many others.

The event was hosted by the Hertie School of Governance, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Stiftung Mercator.