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War in Europe – How does it change the EU?

A Social Democratic Perspective

Event info

  • today from 08/06/2023 to 10/06/2023
  • place Villa Vigoni
  • lock_outlineBy invitation
  • Coordination

    Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Italia (FES), Roma;
    Villa Vigoni

In 2022 war returned to Europe in full fury. Although there have been regional wars and conflicts in Europe since 1989 they remained manageable, especially from the standpoint of EU Europeans. With Russia’s attack on Ukraine, this changed. Russia’s war against Ukraine is also a catalyst for far-reaching social and security policy changes, also for the EU. In the first year of the war the EU has generally been united against Russia. But this solidarity is not guaranteed the longer the war goes on. Hairline cracks are already discernible and the war may turn out to be a further stress test for the EU. The Union must not only invest massively in its defence capabilities and strengthen the resilience of its societies and economies, but also self-critically analyse its capacities as a geopolitical actor and redefine them. 

This seminar brings together social democratic politicians, decision-makers and experts to discuss major foreign and security policy challenges facing the European Union. The aim is, as it were, to draw up an initial assessment and outline a social democratic position in view of the upcoming European elections in 2024. This involves interweaving various national perspectives with the European perspective.