Panels, Workshops and Negotiations
The panel “NATO at a Crossroads” will explore security and defense issues in the Euro-Atlantic community. Today’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is facing unprecedented challenges and questions that have been raised—even by some of its own members—about its fitness for purpose and relevance for addressing these hybrid threats. Among other topics, panelists will discuss burden sharing and NATO’s adaptation to 21st century challenges.
Since the 1990s, the European Union (EU) has emerged as an independent security actor, existing as a potential alternative to NATO for tackling certain security threats. This panel thus serves an opportunity to discuss the EU’s role in security and defense, the possibility of a future European Army, and enhanced EU-NATO relations that are redeveloping following the joint declarations they issued in 2016 and 2018.
This panel will explore how the jazz and house/techno musical movements that began in the United States spread into Europe, where they shifted the musical and cultural landscape. In addition to galvanizing entire generations towards new sounds, these movements gave voice and space to different communities by developing cultural norms, and shifted the physical space of European cities’ peripheral areas through placemaking.
Such changes raise contemporary policy issues for those working to promote these movements in the face of resistance from established cultural groups. Panelists include European artists, club owners, organizers and policy-makers.
The 2019 European Elections may lead to a profoundly different European Parliament. On one hand, new political parties have emerged across the European Union and many are yet to join a political group – a decision that will certainly shape the balance of power. On the other hand, for the first time in four decades, anti-establishment parties are strong enough to challenge the mainstream political narrative by leveraging increasingly widespread sentiments of Euroscepticism through highly populist discourses. Concerns about foreign election interference and funding as well as disinformation add to tensions surrounding the election.
The next five-year mandate for the Members of the European Parliament will define the composition of EU institutions and how they will work together to advance the European project. In the last several years, the Parliament’s influence increased both in relation to other European institutions and to national governments. Whether on the recent controversial copyright reform or in strong resolutions condemning the deterioration of the rule of law in EU Member States, many Members of the European Parliament have decided to take up the mantle of being the democratically elected “checks and balances” of the European Union.
What will the European Parliament look like in just two months’ time? What issues should be a priority for the new Commission? What does the future of Europe hold, and how should citizens make their voice heard? These questions and many more will be addressed in this panel.
This panel will provide clarity on the definition of populism and whether the international community should fear its spread. Regional experts will discuss how domestic and international actors should address populist leaders and governments, placing today’s developments in historical context. From the perspectives of civil society actors, political scientists, and diplomats, panelists will discuss the threat populism poses to democratic governance in Europe and how each sphere can best address the rise of populist leaders on the continent.
Europe is home to a vibrant entrepreneurship scene that has produced champions such as Celonis, Solenica, Avillion, DataCamp and Accountable. Startup hubs, business fields and success stories are as widespread and diverse as the continent itself. At the same time, no European city has acquired the same fame as Silicon Valley or New York. In this panel, we bring together founders and executives of high-growth European startups ranging from early-stage to matured.
They will share their insights about the development of European entrepreneurship and the challenges that lie ahead. In the global context, we pose the question whether the US will remain dominant in the next decade or if Europe has a chance to pull even. And importantly for expanding businesses, how can the respective environments cross-nurture each other?
Britain's vote in 2016 to leave the European Union caused shockwaves across the establishment world. The vast majority of academics, economists, and those connected to international institutions have convinced themselves that it's a bad idea. But what do we get wrong, and what can we do better once Brexit happens? Could leaving the EU unshackle the UK from a marriage it was never keen on in the first place, and strengthen long-term trade and growth opportunities with the rest of the world?
This panel will focus on differing viewpoints on integration and long-term, sustainable resilience - both for migrants and their host communities - in a divided and increasingly urbanized Europe. The panel will focus on defining the dimensions of current challenges to resettlement and managing migration to Europe, as well as a discussion of positive, sustainable, human-centered solutions for managing protracted migration and resettlement into Europe in the future.
The panel will touch on current efforts toward solutions and the challenges they present, as well as innovations that may make Europe better equipped to absorb migrants in the future. Additionally, the panel will explore human security, development, politics and the rise of the far-right, and EU and regional cooperation, all within a future-oriented lens. Panelists include esteemed members of the legal, academic, humanitarian, political, media, and policy research community from Northern Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean.
The AI & Data Privacy workshop gives participants the opportunity to bring forward one policy proposal to answer the following question: Given the new rules in General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there has been much discussion about the relationship between AI and Privacy. This is largely due to the fact that Machine Learning requires large amounts of data to properly function. How can we make data privacy (GDPR) and machine learning work in Europe to make it a competitive advantage rather than a limitation?
The Brexit negotiation will focus on the Irish border, citizens’ rights and the future financial and economic relationship between the EU and the UK. Through this experiential session, participants will be right in the center of the action. How does the British car industry affect the position of the UK? What is the negotiation tactic of the EU’s top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier? Can the Irish border be kept open while allowing British access to the single market?
The Gender Political Representation workshop gives participants the opportunity to bring forward one policy proposal to answer the following question: With women still a minority in European parliaments, should European governments take measures to encourage higher levels of female representation in elections, leadership roles, and government structures?
The EU Accession of Serbia session will focus on the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo. The EU does not plan a new enlargement until at least 2025, and the prospects for a fast development in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue do not seem too optimistic. Participants will have to agree on a press release that answers the following questions: how can one define normalisation and how can one move towards it? What can the EU do to further incentivize Serbia and Kosovo to stay on track and continue interacting, while easing down the tensions?