London, 28 septembre 2012 – « European Perspectives on Living in an Age of Austerity: Implications for Transatlantic Relations »
Yves Bertoncini, Secretary general of Notre Europe, will participate in a one-day expert seminar organized by Chatham House in association with the US National Intelligence Council on “European Perspectives on Living in an Age of Austerity: Implications for Transatlantic Relations”
Chatham House, London,
28 September 2012
09h00 Welcome and Introduction
09h15 Session 1– The
Changing Political Economy of Europe
Competing European views about ‘austerity’ and ‘growth’
Attitudes to the idea of deeper economic and fiscal integration
How structural are the economic divergences between the more and less
competitive economies of Europe?
11h00 Session 2– Politics in austerity: The economic crisis and nationalist, populist and extremist parties
– How are extremist and populist parties transitioning from an anti-immigrant to an anti-EU focus and how successful is this proving?
– Are there commonalities among populist and extremist movements across Europe?
– How serious are the risks that extremism might move into forms of violence against state actors and institutions or to terrorism, as in the 1970s?
– How are mainstream parties reacting?
14h00-16h00 Session 3 – The Effects of the crisis on European foreign policy
– Impacts of the austerity drive on European defence spending, prospects for EU defence and security coordination, and impacts on the NATO alliance;
– Are there signs that the crisis is affecting European foreign and security policy-making?
– Are there risks to the transatlantic alliance of growing European insularity?
– How well placed is Europe to cope with rising powers, such as China, or complicated neighbours, such as Russia and Turkey? Are there risks of divergence from US approaches?