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Debating Europe

In 2011 the European University Institute (EUI) launched Debating Europe, an initiative focused on debating the process of European integration and the major issues confronting contemporary European society. This programme is embedded in the Institute’s current research activities and projects. In public debate it brings together academics from within and outside the EUI, decision-makers and opinion leaders to exchange and discussion of ideas and experiences.

The aim of Debating Europe is to offer an opportunity for an intensive and informed debate in the open intellectual atmosphere of the EUI, so as to reflect on and impact the European policy debate. The events are opened by initial presentations by one or two external speakers, followed by reactions from panellists from within the EUI community. The floor then is open for a multi-dimensional, controversial, and lively debate.

All events are video-recorded and are accessible in the EUI’s video repository.


Past events:


On 22 February 2013, we welcomed Sir Richard J. Evans, University of Cambridge, as guest speaker for the debate on “Germany's place in Europe, from Bismarck to Merkel".

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Richard EvansSir Richard J. Evans
Regius Professor of History and President of Wolfson College
University of Cambridge


Marise CremonaMarise Cremona
EUI President








fotoRomeroFederico Romero
Professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration, EUI

kolar2Pavel Kolár 
Professor of Comparative and Transnational History of 19th-20th Century Europe (Central, Eastern, South Eastern Europe), EUI

Dirk Moses
Professor of Global and Colonial History (19th-20th centuries), EUI


Ulrich KrotzUlrich Krotz
Joint Chair RSCAS/Department of Political and Social Sciences,
Professor of International Relations, EUI



On 28 November from 11:00 to 13:00 in the Sala del Capitolo (Badia Fiesolana), David O’Sullivan (Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service) gave a lecture on “Setting up the European External Action Service (EEAS): Experiences and Perspectives”. Panellists: M. Cremona, U. Krotz, P. Ferrara, F. Bicchi.

David O'SullivanDavid O’Sullivan
Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service

Marise CremonaMarise Cremona
EUI President

Ulrich KrotzUlrich Krotz

Joint Chair RSCAS/Department of Political and Social Sciences Professor of International Relations (panellist)

Pasquale Ferrara Pasquale Ferrara
Secretary General, EUI (panellist)

FedericaBicchiFederica Bicchi

Visiting Follow Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI, Lecturer in International Relations of Europe, LSE (panellist) 



On 31 October Ulrich Beck (Munich University / London School of Economics) gave a lecture on "Europe at Risk: The Cosmopolitan Turn". Location: Sala del Capitolo, at 15:00.  Pannelists: Laura Downs, Diego Gambetta, Friedrich V. Kratochwil, and Dennis Patterson. 


Ulrich BeckUlrich Beck
Professor of Sociology, University of Munich and British Journal of Sociology LSE Centennial Professor, London School of Economics

Laura DownsLaura Downs
Professor of Gender History, EUI (panellist)

Gambetta Diego Gambetta
Professor of Social Theory, EUI  (panellist)

Friedrich KratochwilFriedrich V. Kratochwil 
Former EUI Professor of International Relations (intro)



Prof. Dennis Patterson Dennis Patterson
Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy, EUI (panellist)




On Monday 24 September (5.00pm in the refectory, Badia Fiesolana) Martin Wolf (Chief economics commentator of the Financial Times) talked on ‘Euro crisis: Symptoms, sources and solutions’. Panellists: David Levine, Massimiliano Marcellino, Pepper Culpepper and Richard Rose.


Martin WolfMartin Wolf 
Chief economics commentator, Financial Times

David K Levine David K Levine

John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics, Washington University in St. Louis, and Visiting Fellow a the EUI   

Pepper CulpepperPepper Culpepper
Professor of Political Science, EUI 

richardroseRichard Rose
Director, Centre for the Study of Public Policy
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Massimiliano MarcellinoMassimiliano Marcellino
Professor of Economics, EUI



On 21 June, Vaira Vike-Freiberga  (President of the Republic of Latvia 1999-2007) talked on The Scorecard on EU Foreign Policy in a Globalised World”;  discussant: Miguel Poiares Maduro. The lecture was co-organised with the Global Governance Programme in the framework of its executive training seminar “Political Participation in a Globalised World“ (20-22 June). The seminar debated emerging forms of social innovation and their possible impact and more democratic and accountable modes of global governance.

Vaira FreibergaVaira Vike-Freiberga  

President of the Republic of Latvia 1999-2007


Prof. Miguel Poiares MaduroMiguel Poiares Maduro

EUI Professor and Director of the Global Governance Programme (discussant)


On 2 May Jean Quatremer (Brussels correspondent of Libération) and Etienne Davignon (former vice-president of the European Commission) gave a lecture on "Effets de la crise de la zone euro sur le processus d'integration"; the lecture took place at 15:00 in the Theatre, Badia Fiesolana; discussant: Stefano Bartolini. 

Jean QuatremerJean Quatremer
Brussels correspondent of Libération

Etienne DavignonEtienne Davignon
Former Vice-president of the European Commission

stefano BartoliniStefano Bartolini

Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies



On 11 April Jean-Claude Piris (Legal Counsel of the European Council and EU Council of Ministers (1988-2010)), gave a lecture on "The Future of Europe: Towards a Two-Speed EU?"; discussant: Philippe C. Schmitter. 

Jean-Claude PirisJean-Claude Piris
Legal Counsel of the European Council and EU Council of Ministers (1988-2010) 


Philippe SchmitterPhilippe C. Schmitter
EUI Emeritus Professor


On 28 March a lecture entitled "The Open Society and its Immigrants. Avoidance, Conflict and Accommodation in Europe" was delivered by Paul Scheffer (Tilburg University); discussant: Rainer Bauboeck

Paul SchefferPaul Scheffer
Tilburg University

RainerBauboeckRainer Bauboeck
EUI Professor


On 7 March Wolfgang Schäuble, German Minister of Finance, gave a lecture on "Europe - Economic and Institutional Perspectives"; discussant: Elena Carletti.  

Wolfgang SchäubleWolfgang Schäuble

 German Minister of Finance

ElenaCarletti3 Elena Carletti

EUI Professor


The 22 February lecture "The EU Sovereign Debt Crisis: Constitutional Perspectives" was delivered by Allan Rosas, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities, discussant Miguel Maduro. 

Allan RosasAllan Rosas

Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities

Prof. Miguel Poiares MaduroMiguel Maduro
EUI Professor



6 October 2011, inaugural Debating Europe event by the Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and President of the European Parliament ret. Hans-Gert Pöttering, MEP.

12 October 2011,  public lecture by His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Aníbal António Cavaco Silva.

11 November 2011, lecture on the occasion of the Official Opening of the 2011-2012 Academic Year by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council.

6 December 2011, public lecture on "the Future of Europe and the EU Neighborhood" by Aleksander Kwasniewski, current President of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconcialiation


Contact: Stephan Albrechtskirchinger, Tel. [+39] 055 4685433, stephan.albrechtskirchinger@eui.eu