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The European Union – A Resurgent Power?



The European Union – A Resurgent Power?

Join us on Europe Day for a discussion of the past, present, and future of the European Union featuring a panel of distinguished international experts.

Introductory remarks by H.E. Peteris Ustubs, European Union Ambassador to Canada, Participants: Dr. Daniela Schwarzer Director, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), H.E. Theodoros N.Sotiropoulos Former Permanent Representative of Greece , H.E. Ferdinando Nelli Feroci President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Italy, H.E. Szabolcs Takács State Secretary for European Union Affairs, Hungary. Moderator: Carolina de Niguel Moyer, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.




Ambassador Peteris Ustubs began his posting as the European Union’s top diplomat in Canada in September 2017. Prior to his arrival in Canada, he served as Americas Senior Advisor in the Cabinet of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. Ambassador Ustubs has held senior positions with the European External Action Service (EEAS), including as Director for West and Central Africa. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Andris Piebalgs, former European Commissioner for Development. Ambassador Ustubs joined the Latvian diplomatic service in 1993 and served as the Representative of Latvia to the Political and Security Committee of the EU, the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Under-Secretary of State – Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Daniela Schwarzer is Director of the DGAP. She previously was an executive team member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, serving as GMF’s senior director of research and heading GMF’s Berlin office as well as its Europe program. Prior to this she spent eight years at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where she led the research group on European integration from 2008 to 2013. During this time she advised Poland and France during their respective EU Council presidencies, served as a consultant to the Centre d’Analyse Stratégique for the French prime minister, and was a member of the “Europe” working group of the Whitebook Commission on Foreign and European Policy. Before joining SWP, she worked as an opinion page editor and France correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland. She has held a senior research professorship at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC/Bologna since 2014 and was a Fritz Thyssen Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 2012–13. She taught for several years at the Hertie School of Governance and has lectured at the Collège d’Europe in Bruges, the Institute of European Studies of Macau, and the Universität Salzburg. In addition, she serves on the advisory boards of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris and is a non-executive board member of BNP Paribas.

H.E. George Katrougkalos is Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, responsible for European Affairs and International Economic Relations is Professor of Public and Constitutional Law at Democritus University of Thrace. He served until November 2016 as Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity and previously as Alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction. He was also Member of the European Parliament from May 2014 to January 2015. Minister Katrougkalos has studied law at the University of Athens and at Sorbonne University. From 2000 to 2003, he was advisor to the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations for the works of the 3rd Committee of the UN General Assembly and a member of the committee of experts advising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the drafting of the European Constitution. He has also been legal advisor to the Albanian Parliament on the drafting of the Albanian Constitution (1998-1999) and constitutional expert in many projects in Uzbekistan, Armenia, Syria and the Balkans. Additionally, he has taught at several universities in Europe, the USA and India and has been a visiting scholar at the law school of New York University in 2007 and 2012 as Emile Noel Fellow and Senior Emile Noel Fellow, respectively, and at Roskilde University (1994-1995), as a fellow of the Danish Academy of Science. Minister Katrougkalos is a member of the board of KETHEA (Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals), of UNICEF Greece, of the Association of Greek Experts on Constitutional Law and founding member of the Audit Committee of Public Debt. He has published extensively in Greek, American and European legal reviews.

H.E. Ferdinando Nelli Feroci is President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). A diplomat from 1972 to 2013, he was Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in Brussels (2008-13), Chief of Staff to the Minister (2006-08) and Director General for European Integration (2004-06) at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served in New York at the United Nations, in Algiers, Paris and Beijing. He also served as Diplomatic Counsellor of the Vice President of the Italian Council of Ministers (1998). In June 2014 he was appointed to the post of European Commissioner in the Commission chaired by Manuel Barroso to replace Antonio Tajani, a position he held until the end of the mandate of the Commission on November 1, 2014. Formerly a Fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1985-86), and Visiting Professor at the Istituto Universitario Orientale of Naples (1989), he is currently a professor at the School of Government of LUISS, Rome. He is the author of many articles and essays on international relations, European affairs and political affairs.

Szabolcs Takács is the State Secretary for European Union Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary. The State Secretary comprehensively supervises the European Union issues in the Hungarian Government. He represents Hungary in the General Affairs Council. Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy State Secretary for Security Policy (Political Director) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also served as the Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs between 2012 and 2013, and as Director General of the Asia-Pacific Department between 2011 and 2012. Between 2005 and 2009 he was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Hungary in Doha, Qatar and prior to that worked at the Department of Asia-Pacific since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002. He specializes in the Western-Balkan and Asia-Pacific regions. From 2015 to 2016 he chaired the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), an organization of 31 countries.

Carolina de Niguel Moyer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and affiliated Faculty at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her research interests lie in comparative politics with an emphasis in the comparative study of political parties and party systems, electoral behavior, the politics of federalism and decentralization, and political geography. Carolina de Niguel Moyer current book project explains when and why parties succeed in nationalizing and when and why they fail. Political entrepreneurs have important incentives to create and maintain nation-wide parties but they also face serious organizational and electoral challenges. The book pays particular attention to the difficulty that would-be national parties face in recruiting a diverse set of local elites and local voters from across the territory. The book develops an argument that shows that an uneven distribution of preferences across electoral constituencies (and a disproportional electoral system) makes recruiting local elites and local voters costly, which in turn hinders nationalization. Carolina de Niguel Moyeris also researching electoral behavior in competitive authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. She teach courses on Comparative Political Parties, Politics of Federalism and European and EU Politics.

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Date: Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Time: From 6:30 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : European Union Consulates General; Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. Joint Initiative in German and European Studies; Munk School of Global Affairs

Entrance : Free


Campbell Conference Facility Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place