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Event 37

Luis Garicano, Esteban González Pons, Meritxell Batet, Dita Charanzová, Joaquín Almunia and Rebecca Grynspan in conversation with Daniel Dombey

FT Weekend's Debates on Europe

Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, Universidad IE, Aula Magna
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Europe is living through a crisis that has gone beyond its borders. A global pandemic whose consequences have yet to be determined and which raises searching questions as much about the past as for the future. We can ask ourselves whether the Europe of institutions has lived up to the circumstances and whether the solidarity among its members has worked. As for the future, the doubts are no less important. There are some regarding economic prospects and its geopolitical position. Will Europe be weakened or strengthened following Covid-19? Daniel Dombey, bureau chief of the Financial Times in Spain, will moderate this discussion with two sets of panellists from opposing political voices to find common ground.


5:30pm to 6.10 pm

Luis Garicano was elected MEP by the Ciudadanos party and is also a member of the Renew Europe group of which he is Vice-President. Before making it to the European Parliament he was a professor of Economic Strategy at the Instituto Empresa and at the London School of Economics.


Esteban González Pons has been a MEP since 2014. He is a member of Spain’s Partido Popular, and a representative in the Senate for various legislatures. He is the author of books such as Camisa blanca, Tarde de paseo and has just published the novel Ellas.


Meritxell Batet was appointed President of Congress in May 2109. A Spanish jurist and politician member of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia, she has also served as Minister for Territorial Policy and Civil Service of the Government of Spain between June 2018 and May 2019.


6.10pm to 6.50pm

Dita Charanzová has been Vice-president of the European Parliament since 2018. She first arrived in 2014 as an MEP for the ANO movement from the Czech Republic, part of Renew Europe, which evolved from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).


Joaquín Almunia was Commissioner of Economy of the European Union between 2004 and 2009, and later during the presidency of Durâo Barroso he was Vice-President of the Commission at the helm of the Competition portfolio. He represents the Partido Socialista Obrero Español.


Rebecca Grynspan was appointed Secretary-General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat in 2014, after working in the United Nations Development Programme by appointment of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She was Second Vice President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.


The event will conclude with a round of conclusions from this FTWeekends Debate.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish, and Spanish into English
Price: €7.00 (EUR)

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