Europaeum Scholars, module 2

The Scholars Programme had a successful second module in Brussels in March. Our programme focused on three themes: defence, migration, and populism. Highlights included talks from Commissioner Carlos Moedas (Research, Science and Innovation) and Dr Antonio Missiroli, Assistant SG for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO. Representatives of CEPS and the European Partnership for Democracy led a panel discussion on migration challenges and we were fortunate to visit the EU Red Cross Office, where we learned about their current work from the head of their migration unit. Insights into populism were provided by Catherine Bearder an anti-Brexit MEP, as well as a panel discussion involving an MEP from a populist political party, a member of the EEAS, and a journalist member of the High-Level Group on fake news. This was complemented by a talk from Professor Luuk van Middelaar about key points he had learned about communicating Europe to Europe from his time as speechwriter to former President Herman von Rompuy. The scholars also spent time developing their group projects. The module culminated in a visit to the European Political Strategy Centre, where the Scholars presented their project ideas and learned about the work of the Commission’s in-house think tank.