The public conversation is dominated by a multitude of divisions, a course of criticism, crisis galore. Pro-European voices find themselves very often forced to play defense.
In our opening plenary we want to turn that around and invite our speakers to show what from their point of view can, must and will hold Europe together. To which degree can we build on the existing European narrative and to which degree should we reformulate the narrative itself?
Director of the Jacques Delors Institute since April 2011, he assists the president in his activities, directs the team and is responsible for managing the work program. He also takes part in Jacques Delors Institute’s research work, focusing in particular on questions of European policy and institutions and on issues relating to democracy and mobility. Yves Bertoncini is an administrator at the European Commission, where he has worked at the Directorates - General “Education, Training, Youth” and “Regional Policy” between 1998 and 2001.
Co-Chair of the European Green Party and Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA). He sits on the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy and is a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as the Sub- Committee on Human Rights. He is Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China and a Member of the Delegation to the United States.
Founder of Centre for European Reform and its first director since 1998. He is the author of publications such as Russia, China and global governance (2012) and How to build a modern European Union (2013). He works on, among other subjects, EU foreign and defence policy, Russia, China, the euro and global governance. Grant is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, the International New York Times and many other publications.
Having studied and lived in Jerusalem, she currently studies History and Law at University of Fribourg and is Co-President of the movement “Operation Libero” in Switzerland. This organisation is against xenophobia concerning immigrants, striving for an open multicultural and less isolating society in Switzerland. The movement played a key role on the rejection of the recent Swiss referendum campaign regarding the expulsion of foreign criminals, an initiative of the anti-immigrant Swiss People’s party (SVP).
Senior director of research, director of the Europe Program and the Berlin office at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). She joined GMF’s Berlin office in January 2014. From 2008 to 2014, Schwarzer worked with Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs), heading the European Integration Division as of 2008 and as a senior fellow from 2005 to 2008. From 1999 to 2005, she was editorialist and France correspondent of FT Deutschland.