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Diversity within the Union: The EU’s Midlife Checklist

Video of the Raisina Dialogue 2019

The European Union, long seen as a collective of technocratic institutions, has struggled to accommodate the growing diversity of  political opinion in its midst. Debates about migration and economic austerity have thrown up hard choices for the region’s leaders. Can the ethos that drove European states to create a functionally integrated union adapt to a new era of disagreement and disputation? Are the structures of the Union flexible enough to accommodate this growing diversity of views? Can we even imagine a Europe without the European project?

Péter Sztáray, Minister of State for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Matti Anttonen, Permanent State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Françoise Nicolas, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Institut françaisdes Relations Internationals, France.

Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament, The Netherlands.

Žaneta Ozolina, Head of Department, Political Science, University of  Latvia.

Peter Van Praagh, President—Halifax International Security Forum, USA (Moderator)