The EU's new leaders: Key post-election challanges

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For the fifth year running, ten leading Brussels-based think tanks joined forces to debate the tasks and challenges facing Europe’s new leaders in the wake of elections to the European Parliament. Issues such as the Banking Union, the rise of populist movements across Europe and the EU’s main foreign and defence policy goals were on the agenda. The meeting was jointly organised by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Bruegel, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Confrontations Europe, the Egmont Institute, the European Policy Centre (EPC), Friends of Europe, the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).

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ENHANCING THE LEGITIMACY OF EU POLICY-MAKING: THE FUTURE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS
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Danuta Hübner

Roger Liddle

Former Special Adviser on European matters to Prime Minister Tony Blair and President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

Michael Link

former Member of the German Bundestag; former Minister of State, German Federal Foreign Office

Giles Merritt

Founder

Sonia Piedrafita

Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

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Janis Emmanouilidis

Studies Director, European Policy Centre (EPC)

THE BANKING UNION AND BEYOND: NEXT STEPS FOR COMPLETING THE EMU
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Peter Bofinger

Professor of Monetary Policy and International Economics, University of Würzburg

Eric de Keuleneer

Managing Director of Credibe SA

Benoit Lallemand

Senior Policy Analyst, Finance Watch

Chair

Silvia Merler

Affiliate Fellow, Bruegel

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KEY TASKS FOR A NEW EU FOREIGN POLICY
Expand KEY TASKS FOR A NEW EU FOREIGN POLICY

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Ronja Kempin

Head of Research Division EU External Relations, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Vivien Pertusot

Head of Brussels Office, Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri)

Justin Vaïsse

Director of the Strategic Planning, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chair

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

DIRECTORS WRAP UP
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2014 Presidency Keynotes

Théodoros N. Sotiropoulos

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Greece to the EU

Stefano Sannino

Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

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Pierre Defraigne

Executive Director, Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation

Aart De Geus

Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Philippe Herzog

President, Confrontations Europe

Marc Otte

President of the Brussels International Center

Volker Perthes

Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Guntram Wolff

Director, Bruegel

Chair

Simon Taylor

Assistant Editor, European Voice

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Giles Merritt
Giles Merritt

Founder

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Giles Merritt is the Founder of Friends of Europe, and was its Secretary General between 1999 and 2015, and its Chairman between 2016 and 2020.

A former Financial Times Brussels Correspondent, Giles Merritt is a journalist, author and broadcaster who has for over four decades specialised in European public policy questions. In 2010 he was named by the Financial Times as one of its 30 most influential “Eurostars”, together with the European Commission’s President and NATO’s Secretary General.

Giles Merritt joined the Financial Times in 1968, and from 1972 until 1983 he was successively FT correspondent in Paris, Dublin/Belfast, and Brussels. From 1984 to 2010 he was a columnist for the International Herald Tribune (IHT), where his Op-Ed page articles ranged widely across EU political and economic issues.

In 1982 he published “World Out of Work”, an award-winning study of unemployment in industrialised countries. In 1991, his second book “The Challenge of Freedom” about the difficulties facing post-communist Eastern Europe was published in four languages. His book “Slippery Slope: Europe’s Troubled Future” (Oxford University Press 2016), was shortlisted for the European Book Prize.

Stefano Sannino
Stefano Sannino

Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Show more information on Stefano Sannino

Prior to his current role, Stefano Sannino served as deputy secretary-general for economic and global issues at the EEAS. Throughout his career, he has held various senior positions at the European Commission, including director-general for enlargement and director for crisis management at the Directorate-General for External Relations. A renowned Italian diplomat, Sannino formerly served as ambassador of Italy to Spain and Andorra and as the permanent representative of Italy to the EU. He was also previously the diplomatic advisor to the Italian prime minister and his personal representative to G8 summits.

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