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Stress-testing the European Union: The EU and the Global Financial Crisis
27 Sep - 28 Sep, 2009
 20 Years After: What next for Europe 'whole and free'?

Hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium

Keynote Speakers:
Robert Cooper - Director-General for External and Politico-Mmilitary Affairs, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Brussels
Timothy King - Editor, European Voice, Brussels
Christopher Patten - Chancellor, University of Oxford, and former European Commissioner for External Relations
Jean Pisani-Ferry - Director, Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory (BRUEGEL), and Professor of Economics, Université Paris-Dauphine
Pawel Swieboda - President, demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy, Warsaw

The EU has been transformed in the last decade by an enlargement beyond anyone's wildest dreams as of 25 years ago, and by the emergence of the Euro which has gathered strength as a prospective rival to the dollar. However, it is facing one of its greatest tests to date as it grapples with the most severe economic challenges since its foundation. How will the policy differences among the leaders of its constituent nation states play out in the medium to longer term? Is the Euro working as a 'safe haven' or facing severe strain as it inhibits diverse responses appropriate to the different economies within the Eurozone? How far have the European institutions and its older members been able to offer effective support to the more recent and, in some cases, very vulnerable members? How have the EU or its member states reacted to the siren calls towards protectionism, and how will the EU respond to protectionist moves elsewhere in the world?

The European Union has been identified as a post-modern phenomenon in its unprecedented sharing of sovereignties. Will this model emerge from present circumstances strengthened or undermined?

This meeting will culminate with the Delors Lecture on European affairs, to be delivered by Lord (Chris) Patten.

* the combined alumni of Salzburg Global Seminar and Fellows of the 21st Century Trust

Fee & Logistical Information:

The fee for this Fellowship event is 50 Euros. Transportation and accommodation costs are not included in this figure and should be arranged by Fellows themselves. The program will begin at approximately 10:00 and conclude at approximately 21:00 following the evening keynote lecture and discussion. This event will be hosted at the European Parliament (click for approximate location), in Brussels, Belgium. For Fellows arriving before September 28, plans for a social get-together on the evening of the 27th are being made.

Please contact Ian Brown, Manager of the Salzburg Global Fellowship, by email (ibrown(at) about registering to attend.

Keynote Speakers

Robert Cooper
Timothy King



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