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Brussels Forum – A World Disrupted

Brussels Forum 2018; Photo: GMFUS

BRUSSELS – What are the current transatlantic and global challenges, what can European elections tell us about Europe, defining the European interest, political movements and the New Social Contract and many more will be the topics of this year’s Brussels Forum – A World Disrupted.

This three-day high-level conference will start on June 27 and it will gather many political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic.

Participants include heads of state, senior officials from the European Union institutions and the member states, U.S. cabinet officials, U.S. congressional representatives, parliamentarians, academics, and media.

Some of them will be Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy, Jacek Czaputowicz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Miroslav Lajčak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Vice President and Director of the Berlin Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction, Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic, Gordana Delić, Director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

“The past few years have seen many upheavals and disruptions in both domestic and international politics. As a consequence, principles that have stood as the cornerstone of our collective community can no longer be taken for granted. Disruptions, ranging from the current sweeping tide of populism to breakthroughs in technology and innovation, all challenge the customs with which we have grown familiar. This year’s conference aims to push back against this tide,” it is stated in the official agenda of this year’s forum.

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