The EU and the Challenges Ahead

  • Date: 7 October 2015
  • Time: 14:00-15:30
  • Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, LSE
  • Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
  • Speakers: Dr Javier Solana and Professor Anthony Giddens

In this lecture Dr. Javier Solana will outline the challenges the EU faces as it attempts to grapple with an economic crisis which has not yet subsided, unseen flows of refugees and war in Ukraine. The EU is currently dealing with a situation where the lines between external and internal security have become dangerously blurred. Dr. Solana will analyze both these and other challenges facing the European project, of a more political nature. These issues are also examined in ESADEgeo’s recent edited e-book ‘The Global Context: How Politics, Investment, and Institutions Impact European Businesses’, published as a part of the European Commission’s Jean Monnet project MEKBiz. Dr. Solana will be joined by Professor Anthony Giddens, who will provide his own views on the most critical challenges the EU faces in the months ahead.

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid), and distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution. He is also a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (EU) and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU; and from 1995 to 1999, Secretary General of NATO.

Anthony Giddens is former Director of the LSE. His most recent book is ‘Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?’.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #MEKBiz

This event was free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry was on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact us at id.cshs@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6419.

A podcast of the event is available here: The EU and the Challenges Ahead.