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International Conference

Monday, 03. June 2019 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Save in my calendar

International Conference

After the European elections

Where is the European Union headed?

The European elections due to take place in May pose new challenges for the European Union. The established parliamentary groups have to expect serious losses. In turn, right-wing populist parties could make major gains. Even though the worst-case scenario of anti-European representatives forming a majority in the European Parliament is unlikely, Europe's integration project will continue to lose momentum in the new Parliament. The destructive minority will grow. The European People's Party (EPP) and the Social & Democrats (S&D), which have formed a collective majority to date, will not have a majority anymore. This could create a new role for small groups like the Liberals or Greens. 

At our conference “After Europe goes to the polls: Where is the European Union headed?”, we will analyse the election results, examine the causes of voting behaviour in the individual EU member states, and discuss with European experts how the new majorities will impact the European Parliament's ability to act, the interaction between the EU institutions, and the orientation of future EU policy.


  • Piotr Buras, Head of the Warsaw Office, European Council on Foreign Relations, Warsaw
  • Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP, Chair of the European Green Party, Brussels
  • Prof. Dr. Vassiliki Georgiadou*, Associate Professor, Phanteion University, Athens
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Jun, Professor of Political Science, Trier University, Trier
  • Ivan Krastev, Chair of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Sofia/ Vienna
  • Prof. Dr. Annamaria Simonazzi*, Professor of Economics, Sapienza University and Institute for New Economical Thinking, Rome
  • Prof. Dr. Silvie Strudel, Professor of Political Science, Université de Paris 2, Paris
  • Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin

Conference languages:
English / German with simultaneous translation.

A cooperation between the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Green European Foundation.

Admission free, registration required


Dr. Christine Pütz, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin,
E-Mail,, Telefon +49 (0)30 285 34 -391

Ulrike Pusch

Claudia Rothe, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin,
E-Mail,, Telefon +49 (0)30 285 34 -385


Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
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