On 28 June 2016, the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, presented the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS). Tabling an external strategy just a few days after the UK created a huge internal challenge by voting to leave the Union can be seen as an example of Brussels’ determination to show unity on the world stage. Then, with Europe still reeling from the fallout from Brexit, Mogherini attended the EU-China summit in Beijing and called for a strengthening of EU-China bilateral relations, including cooperation on security. The new strategy charts a more Realpolitik course for the EU, while staying true to European ideals. Will it prove effective in the post-Brexit world? And will Europe succeed in moving closer to China?
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop is Director of the Europe in the World programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, and teaches at Ghent University and at the College of Europe in Bruges. He also lectures regularly at the Ren Min University of China in Beijing, where he is a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for European Studies, and for the European Security and Defence College, of which he is an Honorary Fellow.
The lecture and Q&A will be followed by a reception.
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