The Europe of 2025 will be different from the one we know today. Will the EU-Russia relationship be more hostile or more cooperative? Has the 2008 Russo-Georgian War permanently damaged Europe’s security architecture? Is sustainable energy security one of Europe’s foremost challenges? These are just some of the questions that a special foreign policy conference in Berlin will try to answer this weekend. [full program
Hosted by European Council on Foreign Relations and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, a think-tank of the German Green Party, the 11th annual Foreign Policy Conference kicks off today with a panel discussion moderated by RFE's Gregory Feifer. The session, titled, "A European Security System For The 21st Century?" will feature professor Thomas M. Nichols of the U.S Navy War College, Ulrich Stefan Schlie, Head of policy staff at the German Federal Ministry of Defense, and Frithjof Schmidt of a Bundestag member with the Green Party. [NOTE: if you have problems with the stream below, it is also available on the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung website
Later today, Salome Asatiani
, a journalist with RFE’s Georgian Service, will speak on the importance of democracy in the EU accession process on a panel entitled “Democratic Transformation: not a chance without accession to the EU”? Asatiani will appear on a panel with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Director of the Open Ukraine Foundation, Marieluise Beck a Green party member in the German Bundestag, and Iris Kempe, the head of the South Caucasus office of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation.
Viewers can also follow the proceedings on the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Twitter page