Event: Federalism or nothing

On February 21, 2012 by Vincent

Forum on Democracy, Economics and Social Europe

The logo of the event. Taken from the website of the Spinelli Group.

The Spinelli Group invites to a forum on democracy, economics and the social dimension of Europe. “Federalism or nothing” will take place on 26 March in Brussels at the Free University of Brussels.

The Spinelli Group is an inter-parliamentary group of members of the European Parliament who believe that only a federal Europe is able to tackle the problems of the 21st century.

It promises to become an interesting event as many federalists of the European Parliament will speak, such as Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Sylvie Goulard or Jo Leinen. I am definitely going to attend.

Participants are also able to submit questions in advance.

You may register on their website.


1) 10:00 – 10H15 Introduction

by Jean-Michel de Waele, Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

2) 10:15 – 11:45 Is the European Union imploding?

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, MEP, Member of the Spinelli Group.
Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, Member of the Spinelli Group.
Jean Quatremer, Journalist at Libération.

3) 12:00 – 13:30 The same level of social protection for all Europeans – vs. inequalities on the rise?

Katrin Hatziger, Senior Church Counsel, Head of the Brussels Office of Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland.
Jo Leinen, MEP, Member of the Spinelli Group.

4) 14:30 – 16:00 How to build a transversal European democracy?

Dominique Cardon, Sociologist, Research at France Télécom R&D and Researche Fellow at EHESS – Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences sociales.
Paul Thibaud, Philosopher and journalist.
Isabelle Durant, MEP, Member of the Spinelli Group.
Andrew Duff, MEP, Member of the Spinelli Group.

5) 16:15 – 17:45 Will national economic policies kill the Euro?

André Sapir, Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Senior Research Fellow at Bruegel.
Louka Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
Sylvie Goulard, MEP, Member of the Spinelli Group.

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