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The Future of the EU in the Frame of Global Changes

After a decade of crises, the EU seems to have weathered the storms and to be back on track. Over the past year, the EU has taken measures and pushed its boundaries on a number of fronts. Plans such as the Next Generation EU are a first step towards a closer financial and political union and have laid the basis for a more resilient, greener and sustainable economic recovery. Furthermore, the Conference on the Future of Europe is giving voice to European citizens and might well open up the way to future reforms.

Yet, the pandemic has also highlighted many of the European internal deficiencies and divisions, with member states often acting in disregard of the principles of unity and solidarity. The future of the Union is critical to countering the currently evolving global dis/order. How can the EU overcome its internal divisions and revitalise its role in the international arena?

The IAI organised the webinar "Weathering the storm: the future of the European Union in a rapidly evolving global dis/order"on 9 June 2021. The event hosted a conversation between Aleš Chmelař, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).