The CEDI European Lounge Talks are designed to increase the visibility of current topics related to the European Union and to provide a platform for a lively, yet casual exchange between researchers, practitioners and civil society. The talks offer an innovative perspective on EU studies and processes of European integration, with a focus on Europe’s role in the world.
March 15, 2017
Second European Lounge Talk:
"Between Trump and Putin: The future of the European foreign and security policy"
CEDI organised the second European Lounge Talk on March 15, 2017 at the Schader-Stiftung Darmstadt. The roundtable discussion focussed on new strategic challenges for a common European Foreign and Security Policy. Experts discussed the impact of Russian and American foreign policy, US-Russian relations and the effects of the Brexit on EU security policy.
Speakers included Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger (University of Cologne), Dr. Manfred Sapper (Journal Osteuropa), Dr. Annegret Bendiek (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) and Protestant Military Bishop Dr. Sigurd Rink. CEDI Director Michèle Knodt and Co-Director Arne Niemann chaired the discussion.
Thomas Jäger, expert on transatlantic relations, analysed the strategic changes in the American foreign and security policy in general and the new relations with Russia. Dr. Manfred Sapper, expert for Russia and East Europe, took the Russian point of view and discussed the relations to the USA and the EU. Annegret Bendiek summarized the challenges for the European foreign and security policy. She detected a a new political pragmatism in the current European Agenda on Security. Military Bishop Sigurd Rink directed the focus of the debate to more fundamental normative principles, such as reliability, just freedom and solidarity. The experts concluded that the EU should take on more responsibility in global security policy. At the same time the EU must hold up normative guidelines and not give way to a new pragmatism as it was detected in the current European Agenda on Security.
After two rounds of questions from the moderators, the audience was invited to pose questions and a lively debate ensued. Scientists from different disciplines, local administrators, civil society representatives and members of the general public attended the event. The informal setting of the talks and the following get-together facilitated direct exchange between researchers, practitioners and the general public.
The event was organised in co-operation with the Schader Foundation in Darmstadt.
January 8, 2016
First European Lounge Talk on EU Refugee Crisis
On 8 January 2016, Arne Niemann and Natascha Zaun (University of Mainz) convened a roundtable discussion on the EU’s role in the global refugee crisis and the EU’s refugee policy, bringing together scientists from different disciplines, street-level bureaucrats, civil society, and the general public.
The event covered different aspects of the EU’s refugee policy and the refugee crisis and potential ways to overcome the crisis. After an assessment of the status-quo different policy recommendations were discussed. Speakers included Prof. Dr. Dietrich Thränhardt (University of Münster), Michael Richter (Author, Journalist, Film Artist), Maik Boldau (former director of a refugee reception centre in Brandenburg, Germany) and CEDI Team member Dr. Natascha Zaun (University of Mainz).
The EU’s refugee policy is a topical issue on which exchange between scholars and practitioners is of high importance.
Additionally, civil society and the general public have a strong interest in this topic and often feel insufficiently informed. The roundtable discussion aimed to close this gap and was
well-received, welcoming over 100 guests
Among the guests was a group of school teachers who had visited the event after a day-course for teachers about the global refugee crisis, which was organised by the department of geography of Mainz University.