Past eventResearch EventUnder 35s Forum

New Europe, New Direction?

10 October 2007 - 19:00 to 20:30

Chatham House, London


Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Shadow Minister for International Trade and Development
Gordon Marsden MP, Chair, Future of Europe All-Party Parliamentary Group
Michael Moore MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary and Council Member, Chatham House
Chair: Robin Shepherd, Senior Research Fellow Europe, Chatham House



Following the rejection of the proposed EU constitutional treaty by Dutch and French voters in 2005, the peace and prosperity rationale for the EU seemed redundant and Europe's leaders appeared unable to articulate a new vision with which Europeans could engage. Can the combination of new leadership in the 'Big 3' of France, Germany and the UK combined with greater focus on the many external challenges Europe faces provide an alternative? There are challenges faced across the region such as neighbourhood and expansion, governance and legitimacy with European voters, economic prospects, growth, internal market and jobs. There is also the question of Europe's role in helping to address global challenges such as climate change, failing states, international terrorism and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The three speakers will share their thoughts on Europe prospects and future direction, exploring the role they think Europe should play in the 21st century world.

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