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Towards a European strategy for a changing world

14 October 2015 12:00 pm
14 October 2015 3:00 pm

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Lunchtime debate: Our collective interest

Brussels, 14th October 2015

This event brings together the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) with key stakeholders to discuss the consultation on a new European Global Strategy for Foreign and Security policy, which should be complete by June 2016.

Find out more about the European Think Tanks Group at

This lunchtime event (by invitation only) will be chaired by Simon Maxwell (Chair of the European Think Tanks Group)

There will be brief presentations by:

Teresa Ribera, Director, The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

Dirk Messner, Director, German Development Institute (DIE)

Which will be followed by an open debate.


Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

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See this latest article in Euractiv by the European Think Tanks Group – Why Europe needs a global strategy

At the 2015 European Development Days, the European Think Tanks Group organised a Lab Debate – Our collective interest? Towards a European strategy for a changing world.

This session tackled the following questions:

  • What is a security and foreign strategy, what should it cover and what should it look like?
  • How do we ensure that such a strategy is not too narrow, and encapsulates the wider external policy areas to effectively reflect global challenges such as poverty, conflict, migration or climate change?
  • What would a successful new security strategy look like at the end of 2015? What needs to happen to achieve success?

Cristina Barrios (EUISS) interviews Thomas Silberhorn (German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development) at the 2015 European Development Days on the EU’s Security and Foreign Policy strategy.

Secretary Silberhorn argues we must combine both the internal and external perspective of European affairs. For example, what are the possible impacts of the TTIP on developing countries? How can we integrate climate change into a universal development agenda? And how can we deal with migration to European shores while also focusing on addressing the root causes of migration?


Image courtesy of Nicolas Raymond via Flickr



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