Discussion about the future of Europe with famous European politicians and scientists was held in Switzerland

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On the 17th of November in the light of the Italian Presidency of the EU, the former Prime Minister of Italy, current MP, Enrico Letta, shared his thoughts on the future of Europe. A meeting with the famous European politician was organized as a public discussion by Swiss forum on foreign policy foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) and Profile Area Global Democratic Governance at the University of Saint Gallen (GDG-HGS).


Another Vision for Europe

On the 17th of November in the light of the Italian Presidency of the EU, the former Prime Minister of Italy, Enrico Letta, shared his thoughts on the future of Europe. A meeting with the famous European politician was organized as a public discussion by Swiss forum on foreign policy foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) and Profile Area Global Democratic Governance at the University of Saint Gallen (GDG-HGS).
The vision of a genuine believer in the European project was discussed with Filippo Lombardi, former President of the Swiss Council of States, current MP, and Prof. Dirk Lehmkuhl. Nadiia Bureiko, the expert of NGO “Quadrivium”, joint a discussion devoted to identity crisis and the complex relations between Switzerland, Italy, and the EU.

europa 1.phpThe discussion covered three thematic blocks: political-institutional, economic and foreign policy issues. The perspectives of the European integration were among the most actively discussed issues.

«We [Europeans] can be influential in the world only if we are more united…»   

Enrico Letta emphasized on a necessity of “smart integration” and further development of “soft” power. He considers strength of Europe to be based in “the opportunities and their granting”, first of all, to the youth. Taking this into account Enrico Letta encourages educational and scientific programmes of international mobility, e.g. ERASMUS, and launching such initiatives for teenagers.
Filippo Lombardi stressed upon the necessity to reform united European interests and coordinated vision of foreign policy priorities, keeping the balance between the needs to be expanded and to be reformed.

«Peace and stability can not be taken as a grant…»     
The situation in the eastern region of Ukraine was also mentioned while noticing that peace and stability can not be perceived as granted that has been demonstrated by the recent policy of Russian Federation and the situation in Ukraine.


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