The Institute for Politics and Society invites you to the public debate on "Can the international influence of the EU be strengthened"?

The United States will inevitably shift its focus to Asia and the Pacific area over the coming years and decades. This is due to economic and demographic trends. The current US President's personality, on the one hand, and the pacifism and anti-Americanism of some European states, on the other hand, bring controversial moments to Atlantic cooperation or weaken it directly. The US criticizes the energy cooperation of some EU countries with Russia, participants in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline face sanctions, and the US also presses its allies not to let Huawei enter their markets. China's influence in the world is growing, we see an assertive Russia, an unstable Middle East, and a migration crisis. The US does not want to join the Paris climate agreement and also questions some other multinational organizations.

Should the EU attempt to project more of its power in the world, better articulate its common interest, make its foreign policy more comprehensible and coherent, or should the EU only rely on Atlantic cooperation in this situation? In what area should the EU seek more of its sovereignty and autonomy, and in what area should not seek that?

Confirmed speakers:

Milena Hrdinková, State Secretary for European Affairs, The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

Tomáš Kafka, Director, Central European States Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Karolína Kottová, Head of Policy Section, European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic

Ondřej Ditrych, Director, Institute of International Relations

This event will be held on 11 February 2020, 17:00-19:00 in the room 205, Czech Academy of Sciences, Národní 1009/3, Prague. 

The working language is Czech.