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Sandro Gozi — Generation Europe: Can young Europeans step up and save their continent?

A new generation of European leaders is rising to political seniority. Behind them is a new generation of European voters, less beholden to the past

Event Details
Date
12/02/2018
Time
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location

British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AH

Image credit: Francesco Pierantoni / CC BY 2.0

The decision of the British people to leave the EU was a political earthquake. A seemingly never-ending round of challenges – from the migration crisis, to continuing terror threats and the euro’s woes – has left the EU in a crisis of confidence. The consequent rise in nationalism and populism has too often seemed to leave the continent’s existing generation of leaders floundering.

Launching the new English language version of his book, Generation Europe, Italy’s centre-left Europe minister, Sandro Gozi, takes us on a journey through the challenges the continent faces with a passionately argued mix of personal story and policy prescriptions. His conclusions are clear: there is hope.

A new generation of European leaders is rising to political seniority. Behind them is a new generation of European voters, less beholden to the past. They are ‘Generation Europe’. Shaped in an age of smartphones, low-cost travel and cross-country initiatives like the Erasmus programme, they share a different perspective.

Join us for this discussion, where one of the leading members of ‘Generation Europe’, Sandro Gozi, will be joined by former European trade commissioner Peter Mandelson, former shadow minister for Europe Emma Reynolds, and UK-based French journalist Marie Le Conte. Exploring causes and solutions, the panel will reflect on this new generation’s commitment to building cross-border policies that will address common problems and start to give Europe brighter prospects. With Britain facing up to a post-Brexit reality, the event shows promise of provoking a lively and timely debate.

SPEAKERS:

  • Sandro Gozi, author, Generation Europe and Europe minister, Italy
  • Peter Mandelson, former European commissioner for trade and president, Policy Network
  • Emma Reynolds MP, former shadow minister for Europe and member of parliament for Wolverhampton North East
  • Marie Le Conte, London-based French journalist and writer

This event is hosted by Policy Network.