East and West in a Troubled Union: Moving forward after the European Parliament Election
Background discussion with
President of the Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies (WMCES), Brussels, former Prime Minister of Slovakia (1998 – 2006)
With only weeks to go before the upcoming European Parliament election, we discuss the issues that the European Union will have to grapple with after the polls: Pisions between member states, polarization within na-tional societies and the fragmentation of political party systems in many countries. Mikuláš Dzurinda, head of the official think tank of the Europe-an People’s party (EPP), will share his views on recent shifts in Europe’s political landscape and current dynamics in the EU’s centre-right camp. He will also discuss the perception and reality of Europe‘s East-West pide, perging German and French approaches to partners in Central and East-ern Europe, and how to deal with post-election Ukraine.
Mikuláš Dzurinda has been president of the WMCES since 2013. He was prime minister of Slovakia from 1998 to 2006, and introduced far-reaching reforms which enabled his country to join the EU and NATO. He was long-time chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and a member of the Slovak Parliament until 2016.
Interim Head, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, DGAP
The event will be held in English. Chatham House rule applies.
The event is co-organized by the Robert Bosch-Center and the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy.