European foreign policy in turbulent times: Does differentiation make the EU a stronger actor?

When and how has differentiation advanced the EU’s role in world politics? Is more differentiation inevitable because of Brexit? What are the dangers of more differentiation in European foreign policy?

ACTIVITAT REALITZADA
23 març 2021 - 14:00h
LOCALITZACIÓ: Online session
ORGANITZAT PER: EU IDEA in collaboration with The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

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Objectiu

War-torn neighbourhoods, increased great-power rivalry, as well as major global challenges such as climate change and the pandemic, call for a stronger EU foreign policy. Yet the diverging interests of EU member states continue to hamper efficient EU action. However, various modalities of differentiation within and outside the EU framework have allowed the EU member states to make Europe’s voice heard in world politics. France and Germany have addressed the Ukraine crisis in the Normandy format with Russia and Ukraine. Together with the UK and the EU, they have played a key role in the EU/E3 format aimed at resolving the conflict over Iran’s nuclear programme. Moreover, informal collaboration among a limited number of EU members has contributed, for instance, to the Middle East peace process. Recently, the EU has launched the Permanent Structured Cooperation enabling willing and capable member states to deepen their defence policy cooperation. 

When and how has differentiation advanced the EU’s role in world politics? Is more differentiation inevitable because of Brexit? What are the dangers of more differentiation in European foreign policy? 

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European foreign policy in turbulent times: Does differentiation make the EU a stronger actor? ACTIVITAT REALITZADA

Tuesday 23 March 2021, at 15:00 – 16:30 EET / 14:00 – 15:30 CET

Opening words
Nicoletta Pirozzi, Head of the EU, politics and institutions programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali and EU IDEA Project Coordinator 

Keynote address
Federica Mogherini, Rector, College of Europe; High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019 

Panel discussion
Eduard Soler i Lecha, Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
Marco Siddi, Senior Research Fellow, FIIA
Luigi Scazzieri, Research Fellow, the Centre for European Reform
Sven Biscop, Director of the Europe in the World Programme, the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations 

Moderator
Juha Jokela, Programme Director, FIIA