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Conference

Europe's Strategic Choices 2015

Building Prosperity and Security

5 Nov 2015 - 13:30 to 7 Nov 2015 - 11:30

Ritz Carlton, Berlin

Overview

Europe is operating in an increasingly complex environment and faces difficult challenges in the areas of economic competitiveness, energy investment and security policy. These challenges make this an important moment to reinvigorate the debate about Europe’s place in the world, and its ability to protect its interests and enhance its prosperity.

Launched in 2014, this annual European strategic dialogue will explore these issues by bringing together senior politicians, business leaders and academics to discuss how European countries can respond individually and collectively to global challenges, exploring developments between Europe and its neighbours through three themes: security, prosperity and energy.

Please note that this conference takes place in Berlin, Germany. Parts of this conference will take place under the Chatham House Rule. 

For further information please contact Nora Dettmer on europeconference@chathamhouse.org or call +44 (0)20 7314 3630.

In cooperation with:




Konrad Adenauer Stiftung       

 

Agenda

Day One
Thursday 5 November 


1400—1430 Registration and Refreshments
 

Welcome
1430—1450

Krzysztof Blusz, President, demosEUROPA
Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
 

Opening remarks
1450—1500
Dr Dietmar Woidke, Prime Minister, Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany 
Chair: Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel 
 

Keynote Speech
1500—1545
Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, Germany 
Chair: Jens Paulus, Team Lead Europe and North America, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
 

Plenary Session One: Europe’s Role in a World of Disorder
1545—1700 

  • How will Europe best respond to heightened instability in and mass migration from its southern neighbourhood?
  • How should Europe adapt to new tensions in its eastern neighbourhood?
  • Can Europe play a global role or will it only ever be a regional player?
  • How should Europe deal with the threats posed by non-state actors?

Dr Stefanie Babst, Head, Strategic Analysis for the Secretary General and Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO 
Bernhard Gerwert, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space
Dr Soli Özel, Columnist, Habertuk Newspaper; Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University
Heinrich Rentmeister, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House 

1700—1720 Refreshments
 

Plenary Session Two: Can Europe Gain Momentum or Will It Fall Behind?
1720—1835 

  • Is Europe falling behind in the competitiveness race?
  • Are Europe’s current institutions capable of meeting the economic challenges it faces?
  • Are Europe’s political structures a hindrance to its ability to respond?


Katinka Barysch, Director of Political Relations, Allianz SE
Dr Markus Kerber, CEO and Director General, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Executive Director, International Strategy and Networks, VINNOVA
Kristin Schreiber, Director of COME Programme and SME Policy, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Chair: Dr Daniela Schwarzer, Senior Director for Research and Director of the Europe Programme, German Marshal Fund of the United States


Drinks Reception 
1900—2000

 

Day Two
Friday 6 November 


0900—0930 Refreshments

Break Out Session One*

Coercive diplomacy: deterrence, sanctions and defence cooperation
0930—1100

  • Do Russia’s actions demonstrate the need for Europe to update its deterrence policies and defence posture? What forms of deterrence would be most effective, particularly when facing ‘hybrid’ threats involving cyber warfare and proxy forces?  And at a time of fiscal restraint, will European countries be willing to increase their defence budgets to implement them?
  • What is needed to ensure that Europe is able to maintain a united front when contemplating the use of sanctions? And how effective are sanctions at changing behaviour?
  • Defence cooperation is attractive in theory but difficult to put into practice. How can national concerns about the pooling of resources, and the technical difficulties of interoperability, be overcome?

John B Emerson, United States Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany
Francesco Giumelli, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and International Organization, University of Groningen 
Sten Rynning, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark 
Steve Williams, Regional Executive, Europe and the Americas, Lockheed Martin International Business Development
Dr Markus Zoller, CEO Division Defence, RUAG Schweiz AG 
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

Financing European growth
0930—1100 

  • With bank finance scarce and risk averse, what other sources of finance are available, and what is their appetite for investment? 
  • The Capital Markets Union promises to shift financial intermediation towards capital markets, thus increasing the availability of risk capital for entrepreneurs. What barriers are facing its implementation, and how can they be overcome?
  • At a time of high public debt but low borrowing costs, what role should governments play in helping finance growth?

Dr Henrik Enderlein, Professor of Political Economy, Hertie School of Governance; Director, Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin
Christian Staub, Managing Director, Country head of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Eastern Europe, BlackRock Inc
Fabrizio Saccomanni, Vice President, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI); Minister of Economy and Finances, Italy (2013 – 14)
Chair: Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

1100—1130 Refreshments


Break Out Session Two*

Europe’s energy union: reducing dependency and ensuring energy security
1130—1300

  • Europe’s Energy Union aims to ensure secure, affordable and clean energy. How much real progress has been made and how much is simply rhetoric? What are the principal political obstacles?
  • Is there a pathway to create a shared definition of energy security at the European level? What would this imply for the balance of supply and demand side measures? How can energy and climate policy be linked more effectively to wider foreign policy goals? What role will renewables play in achieving energy security and climate change goals? To what extent can improving energy efficiency contribute towards these goals?

Dr Robert Habeck, Minister for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas, Federal State of Schleswig Holstein, Germany
Hans ten Berge, Secretary General, EURELECTRIC 
Dr Kirsten Westphal, Senior Associate Global Issues, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
Chair: Sabrina Schulz, Head of Berlin Office, E3G


Industrial transformation: productivity and work in the digital age
1130—1300

  • As the economy becomes more disaggregated, and the distinction between manufacturing and services blurs, how will this affect productivity and the nature of work?  
  • What infrastructure, both physical and financial, will be needed for the digital age?
  • What role can governments play in supporting this shift?

Ulrich Coenen, Head of Digital Transformation, Commerzbank
Dr Jan Mischke, Senior Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute
Michael Osborne, Associate Professor in Machine Learning, University of Oxford
Peter Scherrer, Deputy General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House


1300—1400 Lunch


Keynote Conversation
1400—1500 

Marek Belka, Governor, National Bank of Poland
Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance, Germany
Chair: Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House


Break Out Session Three*

Religious extremism: European domestic responses
1520—1650

  • What are the current approaches to countering extremism, and which are showing the most promise?
  • To what extent is it important to challenge the Islamist narrative in order to prevent violent radicalization?
  • What is the correct balance between freedom of expression and the protection of group identities against offence?  Should governments strive to foster an identity rooted in common citizenship?

Sara Khan, Director and Co-founder, We Will Inspire
Jacob Mchangama, Founder, Justitia
Peter Neumann, Professor of Security Studies, War Studies Department, King’s College London; Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence
Dr Guido Steinberg, Research Associate, Middle East and North Africa, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
Dr Matthew Goodwin, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House 
Chair: Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel


Supporting innovation: risk, regulation and finance in the high-tech and green tech sectors
1520—1650

  • What role should individual European governments play in encouraging innovation? 
  • How can these efforts be harmonized towards simplicity rather than complexity to provide a common framework for research and innovation?
  • What are the best mechanisms to leverage government finance to encourage private investment into innovative industries? How can the risk in longer-term projects be mitigated?

Maria da Graça Carvalho, Adviser, Cabinet of Carlos Moedas, European Commission 
Dr Ulrich Dohle, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG
Dr Klaus Borgschulte, Managing Director, Operations, Fr Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co KG
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House



Keynote Conversation 
1650—1735

Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Defence, Norway
Chair: Krzysztof Blusz, President, demosEUROPA


1735—1900    Opportunity for bilateral meetings
 

Conference Dinner and Keynote Speech 
1900—2145

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, European Commission
Chair: Matthew Karnitschnig, Chief Germany Correspondent, Politico
 

Day Three
Saturday 7 November 

 

0900—0930 Refreshments
 

Moderated Conversation: Break-out Session Findings 
0930—1030 

Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
Dr Robin Nibett, Director, Chatham House
Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House 
Sabrina Schulz, Head of Berlin Office, E3G
Chair: Krzysztof Blusz, President, demosEUROPA

Plenary Session Three | Europe in the World 
1030—1200

  • Are European nations and governments in danger of losing their common vision for the future of Europe? 
  • Are there institutional reforms that could help Europe rediscover a common sense of purpose?
  • Are the external challenges to Europe’s east and south going to drive Europe further together or further apart? 
  • How important do transatlantic relations remain for Europe’s ability to play a strong role in the world?

Claudia Crawford, Director, Moscow Office, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung; Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, German (1994 – 1998)
Dr Enrico Letta, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po
Sir Simon Fraser, Member of Council, Chatham House; Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK (2010–15)
Chair: Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel


1200    End of conference and lunch

 

* Held under the Chatham House rule
** Accepted in principle

 

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2015

Keynotes

Speakers

Dr Stefanie Babst

Head, Strategic Analysis for the Secretary General and Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO

Katinka Barysch

Director of Political Relations, Allianz SE

Krzysztof Blusz to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices conference

Krzysztof Blusz

President, demosEUROPA

Dr Klaus Borgschulte to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Klaus Borgschulte

Managing Director, Operations, Fr Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co KG

Maria da Graça Carvalho to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Maria da Graça Carvalho

Adviser, Cabinet of Carlos Moedas, European Commission

Ulrich Coenen to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Ulrich Coenen

Head of Digital Transformation, Commerzbank

Claudia Crawford

Director, Moscow Office, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung; Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany (1994 – 1998)

Dr Ulrich Dohle to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Ulrich Dohle

Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

John B Emerson to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

John B Emerson

United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Henrik Enderlein to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices conference

Dr Henrik Enderlein

Professor of Political Economy, Hertie School of Governance; Director, Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin

Bernhard Gerwert to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Bernhard Gerwert

CEO, Airbus Defence and Space

Francesco Giumelli speaking at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Francesco Giumelli

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and International Organization, University of Groningen

Matthew Goodwin to speak at Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Matthew Goodwin

Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

Robert Habeck to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices conference

Dr Robert Habeck

Minister for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas, Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Matthew Karnitschnig

Chief Germany Correspondent, Politico

Dr Markus Kerber to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Markus Kerber

CEO and Director General, Federation of German Industries

Sara Khan to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Sara Khan

Director and Co-founder, We Will Inspire

Joachim Krause speaking at Chatham House Europe Conference 2015

Professor Dr Joachim Krause

Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel

Enrico Letta to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Enrico Letta

Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po

Jacob Mchangama speaking at Chatham House Europe Conference 2015

Jacob Mchangama

Founder, Justitia

Jan Mischke to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices and Infrastructure Finance conference

Dr Jan Mischke

Senior Fellow, Mckinsey Global Institute

Peter Neumann to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Peter Neumann

Professor of Security Studies, War Studies Department, King’s College London; Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence

Dr Robin Niblett

Dr Robin Niblett

Director, Chatham House

Michael Osborne to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Michael Osborne

Associate Professor in Machine Learning, University of Oxford

Dr Soli Özel to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Soli Özel

Richard von Weizsacker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin and Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University

Jens Paulus to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Jens Paulus

Team Lead Europe and North America, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Quentin Peel

Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

Heinrich Rentmeister

Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Sten Rynning to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Sten Rynning

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark

Fabrizio Saccomanni

Vice President, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI); Minister of Economy and Finances, Italy (2013 – 14)

Peter Scherrer to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Peter Scherrer

Deputy General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

Kristin Schreiber

Director of COME Programme and SME Policy, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Sabrina Schulz

Head of Berlin Office, E3G

Sylvia Schwaag Serger to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Sylvia Schwaag Serger

Executive Director, International Strategy and Networks, VINNOVA

Dr Daniela Schwarzer

Senior Director for Research and Director of the Europe Programme, German Marshal Fund of the United States

Guido Steinberg to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Guido Steinberg

Research Associate, Middle East and North Africa, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Hans ten Berge speaking at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Hans ten Berge

Secretary General, Union of the Electric Industry (EURELECTRIC)

Steve Williams to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Steve Williams

Regional Executive, Europe and the Americas, Lockheed Martin International Business Development

Dr Kirsten Westphal speaking at Chatham House Europe Conference 2015

Dr Kirsten Westphal

Senior Associate Global Issues, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Dr Dietmar Woidke*

Prime Minister, Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany

Markus Zoller to speak at Chatham House Europe's Strategic Choices 2015 conference

Dr Markus Zoller

CEO Division Defence, RUAG Schweiz AG

 

*In principle

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Venue

Ritz Carlton Hotel 
Potsdamer Platz 3
10785 Berlin
Germany

Audience Profile

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government and academic institutions. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. Participants from commercial organizations that are not members of Chatham House will be subject to a registration fee of €1500 + VAT.

Previous participants at this conference saw delegates from the following companies and institutions:

ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt
Armatix GmbH
Baillie Gifford
Bertelsmann Foundation
Bombardier Transportation
Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS)
Brandenburg State Chancellery
Brandenburg State Parliament
British Armed Forces
Bruegel
Chalmers University of Technology
Chemnitz University of Technology
College of Europe
Daimler AG
demosEUROPA
Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft
Deutscher Bundestag
Deutsches Maritimes Institut (DMI)
Dii GmbH
DTCC
E3G
Elcano Royal Institute
Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH (ESG)
Embassy of Austria, Berlin
Embassy of Britain, Berlin
Embassy of Canada, Berlin
Embassy of France, Berlin
Embassy of Germany, Bern
Embassy of Italy, Berlin
Embassy of New Zealand, Berlin
Embassy of Sweden, Berlin
Embassy of Switzerland, Berlin
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, Berlin
Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Berlin
Embassy of the United States, Berlin
EUROJET Turbo GmbH
European Commission
European Council on Foreign Relations
European Parliament
European School of Governance
Federal Academy for Security Policy, Germany
Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Germany
Federal Chancellery, Germany
Federal Criminal Office, Germany
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany
Federal Ministry of Economic and European Affairs, Germany
Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany
Federal State of Brandenburg
Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Federation of the German Aviation Industry
Financial Times
Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS)
France Stratégie
Free University of Berlin
FRIDE
German Armed Forces
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
German Institute of Economic Research (DIW)
Hertie School of Governance
Home Office, UK
IABG GmbH
IMC Germany
Institute for Competitiveness (I-Com)
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
International Trade Union Confederation
Italian Society for International Organisation (SIOI)
Jacques Delors Institute, Berlin
JETRO London
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Körber Foundation
Kosovo Public Policy Center
KU Leuven
Lockheed Martin International
Lürssen Maritime Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG
Luthardt GmbH
Mercator Stiftung
Middle East Technical University
Ministry for Economic and European Affairs, Brandenburg
Ministry of Defence, UK
Ministry of European Integration, Republic of Kosovo
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
Notre Europe
Office of the European Commission in Germany
Open Source Center
RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co KG
Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
RUAG Schweiz AG
SciencesPo
Senvion SE
Stiftung Mercator GmbH
The Aspen Institute
Trilateral Commission
University of Bonn
University of Pisa
University of Potsdam

 

 

Event documents

Conference Summary
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