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Is the Central African Republic a Turning Point for European Engagement?
2 July 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

European officials have proposed that European countries move quickly to send troops into the Central African Republic (CAR), either to the capital Bangui or to the West of the country. The proposals for an EU force of at least battalion-strength will please France, which has urged allies to do more to bolster the 1,600 troops it sent to its former colony. Does this commitment signal a new momentum in Europe's engagement abroad, going beyond humanitarian assistance or support of one-country intervention? In particular, is Germany likely to adopt a new position, or rather does its limited commitment in the CAR only reflect the fact that this case, as a rigid application of the peacekeeping concept, is easier to get through constitutional barriers? What are the specificities of the Central African context, and in what ways could this case contribute to a European strategic concept for Sub-Saharian Africa?

Citizen’s Controversy with Thierry Tardy, Senior Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies, and Alexander Mattelaer, Assistant Director, Institute of European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).  

The debate was moderated by Jo Coelmont, Senior Associate Fellow at the Egmont Institute. 

The debate was held in English.

A report is under preparation

Carbon Capture and Storage: Back in the EU Agenda?
25 June 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

Despite the low interest shown by a large number of Member States, and the perception that the momentum has been lost, carbon capture and storage (CCS) is now back on the Comission's agenda. CCS is viewed as a way of coping with stringent emissions commitments, as well as a means to avoid the perceived negative consequences on competitiveness that the abandoning of fossil fuels would have. But what is its potential for significantly reducing CO2 emissions, and how much investment would be realistically needed for it to be effective? Should Emission Trading Schemes (ETS) revenue be reallocated towards CCS investment, given the expansion in coal consumption, or does it make more sense to keep on funding the renewable sector? Does CCS technology have the potential to enhance the "coal revival", thereby extending the European economy's addiction to fossil fuels?     

Citizen’s Controversy with Chris Littlecott, Senior Policy Advisor at E3G, and Sander Van Egmond, Project Manager at the Utrecht Sustainability Institute, University of Utrecht.  

The debate was moderated by Nancy Kontou, EU Affairs Consultant and former Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Environment Stavros Dimas.

The debate was held in English.

A report is under preparation

What Europe after the Elections?
23 June 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

The future of Europe will largely depend on the next institutions' interpretation of their role. The two Barroso mandates have been frequently portrayed as excessively prone to accomodating the Council's stance, in a situation - created by the EMU crisis - where significant differentials of power arose in this body, to the detriment of EU legitimacy among EU citizens and significant segment of the political spectrum. Are the electoral results, affected by low turnout and by the significant rise of anti-European political elements, likely to push the Member States towards an even more "souveraniste" stance? What Commission does Europe need, and what Commission will it get? What message did the voters send, at the national and European level?     

Citizen’s Controversy with Christian Lequesne, Director of Research at Sciences-po, and Ben Crum, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam.  

The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate was held in English.

A report is under preparation

Was Xi Jinping’s Message Received Loud and Clear?
16 June 2014, Committee of the Regions (Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels), 15:00 - 17:00

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, recently toured Europe, stopping in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. He also paid the first ever visit of a Chinese President to the European Institutions. Though less commented on and less visible in the media than President Obama’s visit the week before, President Xi’s agenda was nevertheless very busy with more than 90 events; ranging from discussions with officials and the signature of business deals,  to cultural events and visits to tourist attractions. What was the core message that China wanted to convey? And what did Europe hear? How was his visit perceived in Europe? What does it mean for the future of China-EU / China-Member States relations?  

Guo Yezhou, Vice-minister of the International Department of the CPC, Council Chairman of the China Centre for Contemporary World Studies

Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Director of the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN).

David Scott, Professor, Brunel University London

Gerhard Stahl, former Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions

The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation.

A Report is under preparation


In partnership with the Committee of the Regions

La dronisation de la guerre, entre stratégie et normes
13 juin 2014, Bruxelles, 13:00 - 14:30

Loin de la supervision démocratique et du jugement de l'opinion publique, le déploiement des drones devient une pratique dominante de la guerre contemporaine et de la doctrine militaire. Néanmoins, les développements technologiques semblent nettement plus rapides que la capacité de la société à évaluer leurs implications légales, éthiques et philosophiques, contribuant davantage encore au désengagement civiques des opinions publiques occidentales quant aux opérations militaires à l'étranger. La déterritorialisation et la possibilité de conduire des opérations de guerre dans des zones non-formellement en guerre changent-elles la nature de la guerre, et comment devrait s'y adapter le cadre légal? Les drones supposent-ils la primauté d'un moyen sur la stratégie, ou bien la primauté d'une doctrine anti-terroriste sur une stratégie anti-insurrectionnelle? Quels sont les résultats obtenus?     

Une Controverse citoyenne avec Mélanie De Groof, chercheure auprès du Groupe de recherche et d'information sur la paix et la securité (GRIP) et Frédéric Coste, chargé de recherche auprès de la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS).  

Le débat a été modéré par Marco Giuli, Research Fellow à la Fondation Madariaga - Collège d'Europe.

Le débat s'est tenu en Français.

  Présentation de Mélanie De Groof

  Présentation de Frédéric Coste 

Un rapport est en préparation

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Call for Applications

Peace Tour Award for Outstanding Chinese Students in Europe

The Peace Tour Award has been jointly set up by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Europe-China Cultural and Educational Foundation (ECCEF), the European branch of the Peace Tour Committee - World Famous Chinese Artists Global Painting Peace Tour Committee - in order to grant awards to outstanding Chinese students or researchers studying in the European Union.

Results of the Jury's deliberation will be delivered by the end of July.

The date of Award Ceremony will be made public as soon as possible. 

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