Research & Studies

Andrei Kortunov (Russian Int. Affairs Council): Possibilities for Cooperation Between Russia and EU – 4th Blue Sky Conference

The 4th European Blue Sky Conference

Faultlines and Frontlines of European Transformation

7-10 November 2019, Budapest

What possible futures await Europe and the EU? Are we moving towards more just and cohesive societies, or towards further breakdown and fracture? What and where are European values today? What is democracy today? Europe is in flux as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 15 years of EU expansion eastward. There is a lack of consensus on European values that underpin European institutions, and the question is whether we can reach a consensus today for a new European social contract or a European New Deal. Faultlines in Europe, East and West, North and South, are growing aggravating social upheaval, insecurity, and political polarization. Has Europe lost its chance for global leadership in this new age and become increasingly irrelevant on the world stage? What are your visions for Europe’s future?

The 4th Annual Blue Sky Conference addresses these questions and many more. This event offers participants an opportunity to exchange views amidst increasing global and local, economic, political, and social turbulence. In the panel discussions, perspectives from Africa, Russia, Turkey, and the Balkans will be especially highlighted.