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The EU in the eye of the storm

  • Oct 14, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Speakers: Dr Javier Solana
                    Discussant: Professor Robert Cooper
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

                    The EU and the Eurozone have been hit by the strongest crisis in their history. Greece, Spain and Portugal particularly, have been suffering from its effects. After the happy years of integration at the end of the last century, for some Southern European citizens, the EU has come to feel more like a burden than a blessing. The European project is thus facing stark challenges: economic, social and political. The time has come for resolute action by policymakers and for positive engagement by Europe’s politicians in order to embark on a more constructive path.                  

                    This public lecture will mark the official launch of the LSE IDEAS Southern Europe International Affairs Programme.

                    Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is also distinguished fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution, chairman of the Aspen Institute España, member of the board of the International Crisis Group, and the European Council on Foreign Relations.  On 5 December 1995, Solana became Secretary General of Nato. His appointment created controversy as, in the past, he had been an opponent of NATO. He had written a pamphlet called 50 Reasons to say no to NATO.                 

                    Robert Cooper is a visiting professor at LSE IDEAS. 

After the talk we will be going to the Deveraux pub to continue our discussion.

 

The talk is FREE and is organised on a first come first serve basis. Please only RSVP if you are certain that you can join us for this talk. Our "no show" policy applies to this as well as every other event in the Club.

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  • Sandra

    a truly European choice which is what I most like about this group

    October 15, 2013

  • Sayuri

    I was disappointed with the speakers and felt they didn't deliver much substance but I enjoyed the debate with members afterwards.

    October 15, 2013

  • David N.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't join the other group members in the pub afterwards, as I had to go on to a completely different meetup event (about enterprise technology) in the Wolfson lecture theatre next door. But I haven't yet solved the problem of how to be in two or more places at the same time :-(

    October 15, 2013

  • David N.

    Fortunately I got there early enough for a seat, and even one very close to the front. I thought Solana's talk was basically self-serving drivel of the kind I would expect from the worst European Commission hacks. He didn't address any of the real problems, such as the total lack of democratic control over the Commission, which essentially makes decisions around its own agenda and interests. On the contrary, he talked about the future elections to the European Parliament as if they were going to make any difference, which anyone who knows about the EU understands is nonsense. He didn't address the tremendous waste of money on white elephant projects, the corruption of the Commission itself, or the regulatory burden. He talked about the Arab Spring as if the EU had any political or economic solutions, which it doesn't. And perhaps worse, he addressed with complete equanimity the prospect of waning European economic and political power, as if this were a good thing.

    October 15, 2013

  • Neslihan

    Likewise not allowed inside as I was 5-10 mins late

    October 15, 2013

  • Wilfried

    This was almost like conversational pleasantries between like-minded people. Some interesting side-comments that would have given insight for example on Arab Spring issues but were to far off theme to be explored. Lots of remarks on top-down situations. The Europe of the people was hardly touched. We need to explore more how the people of Europe are empowered and therefor have "ownership" of the European idea, instead of talking about Merkel's Europe, the Bureaucrats Europe or Solana's Europe. What Erasmus did and keeps doing for academics or now also for young entrepreneurs needs to be translated in to programmes that embrasse the common European citizen. A good European Citizen is a constantly learning citizen who knows how to take ownership of issues and becomes the driver of changes. Top down needs to become bottom up.

    October 15, 2013

  • David

    Javier not that good but debate in pub after was far far better

    October 14, 2013

  • Maja

    Javier Solana is a popular speaker which is why the lecture was full, but I did mention that in my email. I got in but was vergy dissapointed with his talk. I've heard him speaking before and he is usually very good. The questions f4om the audience tried to prompt a debate but it wasn't meant to be. We did "stir" a few good topics in the pub afterwards though. Thanks to those of you who stayed I really enjoyed your challenging questions :)

    October 14, 2013

  • Aindriú Ó C.

    Lacked any real substance or passion from the speakers or any point of debate from the panel.

    October 14, 2013

  • gabriella

    Very very disappointed: despite I was on the list and, because of the bus, I arrived 10 minutes late, I was not allowed to enter, conference fully booked. I travelled from Richmond after work just for that!

    October 14, 2013

  • Kirsty

    Couldn't make the drinks, have an early start tomorrow - but hopefully soon! I too was disappointed with the lecture. There were a couple of interesting points, but the majority was very Euro fluff-heavy. Shame, had the potential to be a great discussion.

    October 14, 2013

  • Carolin

    Had to go home after the talk and couldn't come to the pub. Hopefully soon

    October 14, 2013

  • Sandra

    sorry, had to go home, couldn't come to the pub after. Next time.

    October 14, 2013

  • Sandra

    Aindriu, my thoughts exactly. But I enjoyed it all the same even though the discussion lacked substance of any kind, particularly on the main theme of the southern countries.

    October 14, 2013

  • Aindriú Ó C.

    Can't make the pub have to get a presentation ready for work in the morning. Maybe next time. Sorry

    October 14, 2013

  • Maja

    We are in the Seven Stars pub, not the Devereux.

    October 14, 2013

  • Aindriú Ó C.

    Don't worry it was a vague seminar on one mans visiin for europe that failed to provide any substance of where the fundamental change was needed to address the fiscal policies of the fringe countries of central europe

    October 14, 2013

  • clive

    Very disappointed with "The Eye of the Storm". Arrived on time only to join scores of others unable to get in.

    October 14, 2013

  • Jeanie

    Me too: 5 mins late and was told no point in waiting to get in as nobody will be leaving for a long time... grrrrh! Darn rain!

    October 14, 2013

  • Erwin

    The same for me. i arrived ten minutes late, my fault. no places left. I am currently in the Deveraux pub having a pint to celebrate my first London Europe Club meetup, a shame you all have something better to do :-). As will not wait two hours here looking like a lonely (potential) alcoholic, I will head off to another meet up, so will see you all next time.

    October 14, 2013

  • Andrea

    Same here, thanks to the bloody rain earlier on I came to late, never happened before :-(

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This would have been my first meetup with you all, but sadly, I didn't have a seat left at the lecture. As I couldn't find any other open lectures in the building, I won't wait for you to finish.
    You guys enjoy inthere.. there are quite a lot of disappointed people out here. :)

    October 14, 2013

    • iain

      This lecture was always going to be very popular due to the topic and speakers.If it's a popular lecture-people need to get there really, really early.I've missed a few myself due to timing ! :-)

      October 14, 2013

    • Sandra T.

      I couldn't get in either... A pity as it sounded very interesting!

      October 14, 2013

  • Aindriú Ó C.

    Looking forward to this, not in London long so hopefully I'll find my way! !

    October 13, 2013

  • Aindriú Ó C.

    Looking forward to this, not in London long so hopefully I'll find my way! !

    October 12, 2013

  • Maria-luz

    I would love to go .. ..4 sure..!!! Not sure what else to do but turn up in there .. at the right time. Is there anything I need to do? I am new in this group.. Thanks!

    September 11, 2013

    • Maja

      Turning up at the right time and place helps a lot. I will wait for everyone AFTER the talk to take you to the Deveraux pub.

      October 9, 2013

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