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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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?
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.
01 Oct 2014
As EU policymakers continue their work on already highly contested legislative proposals on data protection and privacy, this panel discussion will focus on what the implications of this ruling are for individuals, governments, companies and the media.
24 Sep 2014
Has the European Commission become a “normal” executive institution? What main changes have taken place in the Commission’s way of functioning? How has the increased political control of the European Parliament altered the Commission? What can Europe expect from the next Commission in terms of democratisation?