5 November 2019

Renewing a Europe confronted by domestic and global challenges

Location CEPS, Brussels
Beginning 11:15  Ending 18:15

Since 2010, the Dahrendorf Forum has researched and debated central issues affecting the future of Europe as a liberal order, ranging from climate change to democratic renewal or the EU´s institutional design. The Forum was pleased to collaborate with CEPS in putting on this event. 

The conference focused on three critical topics that have assumed greater relevance in recent years, each of which has been examined in the last cycle of Dahrendorf Forum research: 

  • The integration of migrants into labour markets and host societies and the contested nature of current approaches; what could be possible ways forward?
  • The role of journalists, and the media more generally, in confronting populist rhetoric; what are the lessons learned from latest regional and national elections, and what can be done to restore and maintain quality journalism in a challenging context?
  • Europe´s role in the world as it is being “sandwiched” between a retreating United States and an increasingly assertive China; will Europe start using its powers more, and “punch at its weight”? Can it rise to the challenge, articulated in the political guidelines for the incoming Commission from Ursula von der Leyen, who believes “Europe should have a stronger and more united voice in the world”?


10:45 – 11:15 Arrival and registration

11:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Cinzia Alcidi, CEPS; Helmut Anheier, Hertie School, Berlin, and Iain Begg, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

11:30 – 12:45 Debate Panel – Rethinking Integration and Responding to the National Question in Europe: A Debate

  • Josefin Graef, Dahrendorf Visiting Fellow, Hertie School, Berlin
  • Leila Hadj Abdou, Research Fellow in International Migration, European University Institute, Florence
  • Eve Hepburn, Director of Policy Research Consultancy ‘PolicyScribe’, Academic Fellow at the Scottish Parliament, Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Europa Institute
  • Marco Stefan, Research Fellow in Justice and Home Affairs Unit, CEPS
  • Moderator: Julia Himmrich, Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow, LSE, London

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch snack

13:45 – 14:15 In conversation

Danuta Hübner, Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Dahrendorf Committee
with Iain Begg, Academic Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum and Professorial Research Fellow at LSE

14:15 – 15:30 Debate Panel: Regaining trust, maintaining attitude – Challenges for journalism in populist conditions

  • Léonie de Jonge, Assistant Professor European Politics and Society, University of Groningen
  • Andrea Römmele, Dean of Executive Education and Professor for Communication in Politics and Civil Society, Hertie School, Berlin
  • Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Brussels Correspondent, New York Times
  • Moderator: Helmut K. Anheier, Academic Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, Hertie School, Berlin

15:30 – 16:00 Break and refreshments

16:00 – 17:15 Debate Panel: Can a ‘geopolitical Europe’ exert its power globally?

  • Daniel Gros, Director of CEPS
  • Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh
  • Gijs de Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow at the European Institute of the LSE
  • Moderator: Christine Ockrent, Dahrendorf Forum Committee Member, journalist and former COO of France 24 and RFI

17:15 – 18:15 Post-event reception