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Debates on Europe Sofia: European Perspectives. Why Would Anyone Want to Join the EU?

Debates on Europe

26 February 2023, Sunday

Big hall

10.00 hour

120 min.

Debates on Europe Sofia: European Perspectives. Why Would Anyone Want to Join the EU?

Debates on Europe

panel discussion

Admission is free, but please reserve seats in advance.

Just as the EU seemed to lose momentum, Russia's war against Ukraine forced the member states to rally around the idea of Europe as a value-based, economic and political community. It remains to be seen how long this will last, but it has become clear that the EU can be an object of desire and identification – at least to those outside. Recently, Ukraine and Moldova were granted EU candidate status. Others, not least in the western Balkans, have been waiting in line for a long time. Does the EU still represent the hope of a better future? Can – or must – the political project Europe be renewed from the periphery? What role can and should Bulgaria play in such an overhaul – both inside and outside the EU? 

Speakers: Dubravka Stojanović (RS), Iryna Vidanava (BY), Vessela Tcherneva (BG) and Stanislav Secrieru (MD) 

Moderator: Michael Martens (DE) 

Events are in English and Bulgarian with simultaneous translation.

Debates on Europe

panel discussion