Thursday 7 December, 0930 – 1045

Europe is facing the most challenging period it has had to confront since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The year 2017 has seen or will see pressured elections in France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands; a rise in populism within European borders; the UK’s formal triggering of Article 50; and an uncertain future relationship with the US. With Brussels, Berlin, London and Paris looking inward, does Europe risk being left behind on questions of strategic relevance for its neighbourhood and its global position? Or can the EU27, led by freshly elected governments and supported by falling unemployment and a return to growth, build a coherent narrative for their future?