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Thursday 28 April 2022

Roundtable Event: Europe's place in a Challenged World

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Europe has seen some of the swiftest geopolitical changes since the end of the Second World War. Some of the deepest rifts have temporarily diminished: neither London nor Brussels want to provoke a spat during a continental security crisis. So too has the spat between Warsaw and Brussels, and even relations between Turkey and the EU. Germany’s epochal defence shift appears nicely aligned with France’s plans for boosting Europe’s overall defence capabilities. And the EU has responded speedily on sanctions and defence coordination to Ukraine. But can it last? Bringing together scholars and analysts, including the former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, College of Europe Rector Federica Mogherini, this Centre for Britain and Europe Roundtable considers these vital developments in assessing the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the EU’s ability to be an effective foreign and security actor.


Lecture Theatre D, Lecture Block
Stag Hill Campus
University of Surrey
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  • Federica Mogherini
  • Barbara Serra

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The Roundtable will include two high profile guest speakers, Federica Mogherini and Barbara Serra, who will be joined on the roundtable by colleagues from the Department of Politics, Professor Amelia Hadfield and Professor Theofanis Exadaktylos. The event will be chaired by Dr Alia Middleton.

The approximately 90 minute discussion will encourage stimulating and thought-provoking questions from the audience, made up of students, PGRs and the academic community here at the University of Surrey, as well as invited members of the local community.