Reshape Europe
Conference RESHAPE EUROPE

October 11, 2022 - For a resilient and confident EU in a new world politics
Reshape Europe
© Friedrich Naumann Foundation

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has marked a critical turning point in world politics. In addition to the unfathomable human suffering on the ground, the war in Ukraine has also had a profound impact on people's lives in the rest of Europe and around the world: record high commodity prices, disrupted supply chains, and looming energy shortages. Beyond the economic implications, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is challenging our international liberal order as a whole. The response of the EU and its member states to the Russian war of aggression is being closely watched by authoritarian regimes in other parts of the world as well. How liberal democracies stand up to authoritarianism is the central geopolitical question of the 21st century. Whether Europe succeeds in raising up to the challenge is therefore of global significance.

Together with international experts and European liberals, we want to discuss what the Russian war against Ukraine means for the EU and its role in the world. How can the EU and its liberal-democratic model become more resilient against authoritarian threats? Which reforms regarding the EU’s internal and external policy will have to be implemented for this purpose? What expectations do other parts of the world place in the EU?

We cordially invite you to our conference.

Let's #ReshapeEurope together!

Programme

Tuesday October, 11

09:15                                     Registration

10:00                                     Welcome speech

                                              Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué

                                              (Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom)

                                              Christian Lindner, MdB

                                              (Federal Minister of Finance, Federal Chairman

                                              of the Free Democratic Party)

                                              Keynote "Challenges and Oppurtunities for Europe"

                                              Bettina Stark-Watzinger MdB

                                              ​(Federal Minister of Research and Education)

                                              Panel discussion "Europe from the inside:

                                              How to make the EU more resilient?"

                                              Nicola Beer MdEP

                                              (Vice President of the European Parliament)

                                              Aleška Simkić

                                              (Head of Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for

                                              Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič)

                                              Bettina Stark-Watzinger MdB

                                              (Federal Minister of Research and Education)

                                              Guy Verhofstadt MEP

                                              (Co-chair of the Executive Board of the Conference on the

                                              Future of Europe and a former Prime Minister of Belgium)

                                              Jennifer Gaspar

                                              (Moderation)

11:30                                     Workshop 1: The EU as a Community of Values - Does the EU

                                              live up to this claim?

                                              Workshop 2: The EU as an Economic Engine - Strategic sovereignty

                                              in the wake of geopolitics and geo-economics

                                              Workshop 3: The EU as a Force for Freedom - Europe`s security

                                              and defence policy in a new World (Dis)Order

12:30                                     Networking-Lunch

                                              Market of opportunities

13:45                                     Panel discussion "The EU as a global player: How to make

                                              the EU a stronger partner for its allies?"

                                              Michael Georg Link MdB

                                              (Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation at the

                                              Federal Foreign Office and European policy spokesperson

                                              of the Free Democrats' parliamentary group in the Bundestag)

                                              Kira Rudik

                                              (Chairwoman of Golos Party and Vice-President of ALDE Party)

                                              Prof. Dr. Jhy-Wey Shieh

                                              (Representative of Taiwan, Taipei Representative Office

                                              in the Federal Republic of Germany)

                                              James Shikwati

                                              (Director of the Inter Region Economic Network, Kenya)

                                              Jennifer Gaspar

                                              (Moderation)

                                              Closing remarks

                                              Michael Georg Link MdB

                                              (Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation at the

                                              Federal Foreign Office and European policy spokesperson

                                              of the Free Democrats' parliamentary group in the Bundestag)

15:30                                     End of event

When?

Tuesday October, 11

Where?

AXICA Kongress- und Tagungszentrum
Pariser Platz 3,
10117 Berlin