The 2017 Europe’s Strategic Choices Conference took place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December at the Ritz Carlton, Berlin.


‘Europe’s Strategic Choices’, hosted by Chatham House and the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel, aims to explore and understand the complex set of challenges facing Europe in the areas of security, economic competitiveness and global influence. These issues make it an important moment to bring together senior politicians, business leaders and academics from across the continent to reinvigorate the debate about Europe’s place in the world.
The 2017 conference will explore the major challenges facing Europe today, assessing contemporary and potential future threats to Europe’s security, the attacks on multilateralism and free trade, as well as the future of the European Union. It will examine how European countries can best respond, individually and collectively, to these challenges.


0815-0900Registration and refreshments
Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House
Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
0915-0930Opening Remarks (on the record)
Dr Dietmar Woidke, Minister President, Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany
0930-1045Plenary Session One | Uncertain Union: The Future of Europe (on the record)
Lord Peter Ricketts, UK Ambassador to France (2012-16) and Strategic Adviser, Lockheed Martin
Professor Dr Heribert Hirte MdB, Member of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag
Zoltán Kovács, Government Spokesman, Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, Hungary
Chair: Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
1115-1245Breakout Sessions | Round One (These sessions will be under the Chatham House Rule)
Session A | Rocky Road Ahead? Brexit and the Future of the UK-EU27 Relationship

Caroline Wilson, Director, Europe, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK
Peter Watkins CBE, Director General Strategy & International, UK Ministry of Defence
Michael Schmidt, President, British Chamber of Commerce in Germany
Chair: Tom Raines, Research Fellow and Programme Manager, Europe Programme, Chatham House  

Session B | The Data Dividend: Balancing Promise and Privacy
Susanne Dehmel, Member of the Executive Board, BITKOM
Dr Sandro Gaycken, Director, Digital Society Institute, European School of Management and Technology
Dr Olaf Schulz, Head of Government Relations Europe and Middle East Africa, Nokia
Chair: Annegret Bendiek, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) 

Session C | Europe and a Resurgent Russia
Dr Lilia Shevtsova, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Dr Andreas Umland, Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kiev
Dr Stefan Meister, Head, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Chair: Dr Hannes Adomeit, Non-resident Fellow, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
1345-1445In Conversation | Crisis in North Korea: The Nuclear Provocation (on the record)
Dr Brad Roberts, Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Professor Dr Robert Schmucker, Technical University of Munich
Dr Sarah Kirchberger, Head of the Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
Professor Dr Ben Schreer, Head of Department, Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University
Chair: Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
1515-1645Breakout Sessions | Round Two (These sessions will be under the Chatham House Rule)
Session A | New Industrial Models for Europe
Kristin Schreiber, Director for SME policy and the COSME Programme, European Commission
Dr Markus Kerber, Director General and Member of the Presidential Board, Federation of German Industries (BDI) (2011-17)
Nicola Brüning, Head of Governmental Relations, BMW Group
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House

Session B | The Future of Free Trade: Multilateral, Bilateral, Regional, Protectionist?
Dr Claudia Schmucker, Head of Program, Globalization and World Economy, German Council on Foreign Relations
Fredrik Erixon, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy
Dr Stefan Mair, Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Chair: Clara Weinhardt, Non-resident Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute

Session C | Old Threats, New Challenges: Changing Security Perceptions in Northern Europe
Lt Gen Frank Leidenberger, Commander, German Elements Multinational Corps and Basic Military Organization
Francis Kearney, Director of Customer Business, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Rolls-Royce Defence
Daniel Keohane, Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
Pauli Järvenpää, Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for Defence and Security, Tallinn
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security Department, Chatham House
1645-1700Short break
1700-1815Plenary Session Two | Stabilizing the Neighbourhood: North and Sub-Saharan Africa (on the record)
Mark Bryson-Richardson, Director, UK Government Stabilisation Unit
Michael Köhler, Director of Neighbourhood, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
Dr Canan Atilgan, Head of the Regional Programme Political Dialogue and Regional Integration South Mediterranean, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Mats Karlsson, Director, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Chair: Professor Dr Stefan Brüne, Associate Fellow, Franco-German Relations Programme, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
1815-1915End of day one and drinks reception
1915-2130Conference dinner


0930-1045Plenary Session Three | One Year In: Taking Stock of the Transatlantic Relationship (on the record)
Sir Simon Fraser, Deputy Chairman, Chatham House; Adviser, Europe Programme
Jan Techau, Director, Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance, American Academy, Berlin
Richard Burt, Managing Director, McLarty Associates; United States Ambassador to Germany (1985-89)
Dr Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Chair: Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Foreign Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

Breakout Sessions | Round Three (These sessions will be under the Chatham House Rule)
Session A | Bitter Medicine? Migration: Need versus Want in an Ageing Europe
Thorben Albrecht, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
Nicola Clase, Coordinator for Migration and Refugee Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Dr Uta Dauke, Vice-President, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Germany
Chair: Jasper Tjaden, Data and Survey Officer, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, International Organization for Migration

Session B | NATO and the 2% Goal: Keep Calm and Spend Wisely
Lt Gen Jörg Vollmer, Chief of the German Army
Fritz Felgentreu, MdB, Deputy Spokesman for Defence Policy for Social Democratic Party of Germany, German Bundestag
Martin Michelot, Deputy Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
Oliver Mittelsdorf, Senior Vice President, Sales Tracked Vehicles and Turrets, Rheinmetall Landsysteme
Chair: Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel

Session C | Beyond Carbon: Europe’s Energy Outlook Beyond 2020
Annalena Baerbock MdB, Member of the Alliance 90/The Greens, German Bundestag
Andreas Schell, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG
Dr Thomas W O'Donnell, Energy & International Affairs, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Chair: Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House

1330-1430Closing Conversation
Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King’s College London
Linda Teuteberg MdB, Free Democratic Party, German Bundestag
Dr Fabrizio Saccomanni, Vice-President, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI); Minister of Economy and Finances, Italy (2013–14)
Steven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent Europe, The New York Times
1430-1500Closing Remarks
Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House
1500End of conference