Europe's Role in the New Geopolitical Environment
Wolfgang Schüssel, Former Federal Chancellor of Austria
Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Genève
The European Union has weathered the financial crisis, but continues to face a host of challenges: its role in international politics; the scope of security and defence cooperation; redefining the concept of ‘sovereignty’; the societal impact of technological disruption and migration; and generalised anxiety among the EU’s population in relation to globalisation. In this context, it is important for the EU to remain confident in itself and its sense of identity.
Wolfgang Schüssel served as Federal Chancellor of Austria between 2000 and 2007, chairing the European Council during Austria‘s EU Presidency in the first half of 2006. From 1995 to 2007, Mr Schüssel was National Chairman of the Austrian People‘s Party. Previously, he served as Minister of Economic Affairs and as Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Schüssel played a key role in Austria’s accession to the European Union and during the country‘s first Presidency of the EU Council.
This event will be moderated by Jacqueline Coté, Director of Public Relations, at the Graduate Institute.
This lecture is the first in a new series of lectures organised by the Institute and the EU Delegation to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva to stimulate discussion on EU-related issues.
This event has the support of the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva.
An aperitif will follow the conference.
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