Next year’s European elections will be a key moment in determining the future of the European Union. The two-day conference has sent a very clear message: the lessons learned from the recent crisis are not enough on their own to strengthen Europe.
The lessons learned after two years of facing the pandemic and the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine were some of the issues addressed on the first day of talks.
The Rule of Law and the digital transition are some of the issues that were discussed in the face-to-face sessions.
“Sometimes Europe only focuses on small problems and that is why it is not capable of facing bigger challenges. Why has Italy insisted on the need to deal with immigration? Because it is an issue shared by all. It is not just a problem Italian,” explained Antonio Tajani, Italian Foreign Minister.
The panelists also answered questions about Europe’s global role and how it has changed in the wake of recent events.
Another of Europe’s problems is its position on the world political tableau. For some experts, the continent is weakening in relation to its competitors. Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, Oxford University is one of them: “Unfortunately, while we have become a little stronger, others have become much stronger, so that, in relation to China, Russia, India and other non-Western powers, I think we are relatively weak and That’s part of our problem.”
Attention on Friday turned to European foreign policy and the energy crisis, the worst Europe has ever faced. Something that can be considered both an opportunity and a challenge.