Panel Discussion: Progressive Perspectives on the Future of European Defence

On 8 November, we will host a panel discussion which addresses various questions concerning the future of European Defence. It will focus on the dialogue between the EU and the UK.

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A new pact between the UK and its European security partners?

Russia’s war against Ukraine poses a profound threat to European security, from west to east, and to global stability more widely. This event is an opportunity to think about the contribution the EU, the UK, and other countries both inside and outside the EU and NATO can make for peace and security in Europe, and how they can work for global stability.

What could a new pact between the UK and its European security partners founded on mutual respect, shared values, and common interests look like? How can security and defence support progressive values across Europe and globally? Can multilateral disarmament still be achieved? How can our democracies be protected from malign interference? And how can our armed forces be equipped to deal with a growing range of new, as well as traditional threats?

The EU-Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is organising this public panel discussion together with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). It is addressed at a Brussels based experts’ audience and takes place at the FES EU-Office (Rue du Taciturne 38, 1000 Brussels).


18:00 Registration

18:30 Welcome remarks by Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI London and Imogen Tyreman, Labour Brussels

18h45 Panel discussion with:

  • John Healey, Member of Parliament (Labour Party), UK Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
  • Peđa Grbin, President of the Croatian SDP
  • Sven Mikser,Member of European Parliament (S&D)
  • Rosa Balfour, Director of Carnegie Europe

Discussion and Q&A chaired by Michèle Auga, Director FES London

20:00 End of the programme followed by a reception


The conference will be held in English. There will be no interpretation. If you are interested in joining the event, please register here. 

For more information please contact: sidonie.wetzig(at)fes.de

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