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Thursday, 14. January 2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Save in my calendar

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21st Foreign Policy Conference (Day 1) - The Europe We Want

Between Hard and Soft Power. The European Union in a More Competitive World

What should a common foreign and security policy of the European Union look like? How closely should it be tied to NATO, how strongly should it be decoupled from the USA? With these questions we begin the 21st Annual Foreign Policy Conference of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, which aims to deal with the concept of Europe's strategic sovereignty.

We are currently seeing a return to great power politics around the world, and in response many in Europe are calling for more strategic sovereignty, a “geo-economic commission” and an EU that can act as a great power as well. Is there a risk that this transformation causes the EU to lose its "soul" and its identity? How can the EU assert itself in a more antagonistic world while remaining true to its fundamental values?

The 21st Annual Foreign Policy Conference of the Heinrich Boell Foundation will examine some of these questions more closely, especially in the areas of

  • common security and defense policy,
  • European digital policy and
  • Geoeconomics


An Online-Event with (among others):

  • Justyna Gotkowska, Center for Eastern Studies, Warsaw
  • Martin Quencez, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Paris
  • Jana Puglierin, European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin
  • Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, Brussels


This is day 1 of the 21st Foreign Policy Conference 2021.

To register for day 2 and 3 please click here:


We look forward to seeing you there!

Foreign Policy Division of the Heinrich Boell Foundation


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Part of the series
Annual Foreign Policy Conference
➽ Online Event
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
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