The European Union can do better - what makes us hopeful for the future of the European Union?
Three experts, one on the economy, one on democracy and the rule of law, and the other on Europe’s role in the world will be invited to present their visions for a better future for the European Union. They will identify trends, profile important political choices and outline the goals to be achieved if we want to realize that better future. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the participants.
Peter Bofinger, Member of the German Council of Economic Experts
Since August 1992 Prof. Dr. Peter bofinger is full Professor of Economics, Money and International Economic Relations (C4 chair) at University of Würzburg. Since 2004 he is Member of the German Government’s Council of Economic Advisors (Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung). First term: 2004-2009. Second term: 2009-2014. Third term: 2014-2019
Daniela Schwarzer, Director German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Daniela Schwarzer directs the German Council on Foreign Relations. She previously was an executive team member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. During this time, she advised Poland and France during their respective EU presidencies. From 1999 to 2004, she served as opinion page editor and France correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland. She is a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), was a Fritz Thyssen Fellow at Harvard University in 2012/13 and serves on the boards of several Think Tanks.
Jordi Vaquer, Regional Director for Europe of Open Society Foundation
Jordi Vaquer is the regional director for Europe at the Open Society Foundations and a co-director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe. In these positions, he works to advance the values and institutions of open society in the cities and countries of the European Union and the Western Balkans.
Vaquer is acontributor to Spanish media on international affairs and EU politics.
Before becoming director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, Vaquer was director of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, one of southern Europe’s most influential international relations think tanks.
Vaquer graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; received an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium; and completed a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Reinhard Bütikofer, Co-Chair of the European Green Party
Reinhard Bütikofer is a Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) and Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP). He sits on the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) as full member and on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) as a substitute member. He is the first Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China, a member of the Delegation to the United States and a substitute member of the ASEAN Delegation.
Before getting elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Mr. Bütikofer was a Co-Chair of the German Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN (from 2002 until 2008) and the party’s Secretary General from 1998 until 2002. From 1988 until 1996 he served as a Member of the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament.
His engagement with the German Greens began when he was elected as a member of the city council in Heidelberg in 1984.
Mr. Bütikofer is a member of the Europe/Transatlantic Advisory Board and the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, a member of the NABU Club, of ver.di, of the German-Israeli Society and the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum, as well as of DGAP and IISS.