José Manuel Barroso adresses Brexit at Estoril Forum

In a passionate and wide-ranging address at the recent Estoril Forum held last month near Lisbon, Professor Jose Manuel Barroso called on his former European Commission colleagues to take a positive stance on the Brexit fall-out. “We need to go away from hard feelings or vengeful attitudes and find a new basis for a relationship,” he said. “We have to be responsible, we have to mitigate problems,” he added later on. Examining the causes for the vote, he said he has warned Mr Cameron that he cannot suddenly “praise the EU for two months” having spent “some 20 years attacking the EU.” He did confirm his view that English would remain the number one language inside the EU, even without the UK. Finally, he warned, presciently certainly given the continuing upheaval of events in the UK : ” There are many more surprises to come in the Brexit crisis. It too early to measure all effects.”

The Forum was organised by our colleagues from the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholica University, with our support. The Europaeum runs an annual international debate there, this year focussing on the Brexit crisis. Professor Tim Garton Ash from Oxford also gave a keynote address on free speech. For more follow @flatherings on twitter.

2016 Europaeum Day on Migration crisis set for Geneva

The Europaeum is once again mounting a special Europaeum Day initiative focussing a series of events to be hosted with the Graduate Institute in Geneva, on European migration and mobility, amidst the fall out from the UK vote to exit the European Union.

The plan for the Europaeum’s European Migration Day is to invite a select group of past and current Europaeum alumni to come to Geneva on October 20th for a day of debates and discussion, including a ‘fireside chat’ with leading European figures, and a model European Parliament-style debate on the theme including reforms to free movement rules, dealing with asylum seekers from north Africa, the impact of the Brexit vote, and how to build Europe-wide cooperation on migration issues.

The high-level panel exploring the politics behind the migration crisis in Europe will include former European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, former Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, and we hope the Economist and The Observer newspaper columnist, Will Hutton. Please contact the office if you wish to be considered for participation.

Oxford Debates continue on BrExit themes

Europaeum stages Oxford debates on UK-EU relations 

A series of debates on the UK’s relationship with Europe were run in the run up to the Brexit referendum vote, following our two successful events last term with discussions on migration, the implications for an in-out UK referendum and a reform agenda for the EU and European Commission. The series, Oxford Debates on the place of the UK in Europe, aims  to promote wider, thoughtful discussion, The series was run by a consortium of six Oxford bodies coordinated via the Europaeum.  The previous debates revolved around the questions, Does the Brussels “Eurocrat” Still Matter ? with Lord (David) Hannay and many other distinguished speakers; and European Rights, Human Rights – convergence and dissonance ? with leading legal figures including Sir Stephen Sedley, Baroness Kennedy, Sir Francis Jacobs, and others on both sides of the argument.