The Centre is Edelman Brussels’ forum for debate, allowing people engaged in shaping Europe’s development to share ideas and views. It is both an incubator of ideas – hosting seminars, round tables, book launches, debates and a range of social events; and an instigator of ideas – collaborating with think tanks, foundations and other thinking communities globally to provide a different perspective and revitalise debate on the major issues of the day.
Recognising the globalised, inter-connected and inter-dependent nature of relationships in the rapidly changing 21st century world in which we all operate, The Centre’s activities take a European perspective as their starting point, but range across a wide set of often complex and inter-related issues, which we organise broadly as follows:
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20 Jan 2015
A Brexit could profoundly change the EU, Europe’s geopolitics, transatlantic relations and the study of European integration. While a British withdrawal is not inevitable, the possibility has increased and depends not only on developments in Britain but on how the rest of the EU responds to its ‘British question’.
03 Dec 2014
The surge of radical, populist and Eurosceptic forces in the last European elections came on the heels of the EU’s active involvement in the Ukraine crisis, the biggest test of its capacity and seriousness as a foreign policy actor to date. Is EU foreign policy actually offering an opportunity to populist and radical parties to strengthen their message and critique of the way politics is made in an ever-integrated Europe?
03 Dec 2014
Against the backdrop of the increasingly salient and vexed public debate about the UK’s current and future relationship with the EU, and the prospect of a referendum in 2017 or earlier, which could feasibly lead to a ‘Brexit’, the conversation will examine the political situation in the UK, the perspectives of other Europeans on the British and European reform agendas, and what this means for those who wish the UK to remain a full and constructively engaged member of the EU in the future.
19 Nov 2014
With the importance given to the completion of the Fourth Railway Package by the Italian Presidency and the advent of Shift2Rail, a major rail joint technology initiative to coordinate and fund innovative solutions to integrate new and advanced technologies, the next few years promise to be a truly transformational period for the European rail industry.