The European elections are just around the corner - Our speakers on Europe
From 23 to 26 May 2019, the citizens of the European Union will elect the European Parliament for the ninth time. In times of Brexit, increasing nationalism and dwindling confidence in EU politicians, Europe faces an exciting election.
Ulrike Guérot is one of our speakers and experts on the subject of Europe. She heads the Department for European Policy and Democracy Research at the University of Krems and is the founder of the European Democracy Lab based in Berlin. In 2016 she published a book entitled "Why Europe Must Become a Republic". Ulrike Guérot calls for a completely different Europe with different foundations and a different parliamentary democracy. In her informative speeches, our speaker talks about the history of European integration from Maastricht to the present day, as well as about the Euro crisis and possible consequences of the Brexit.
For five years, our speaker Jeroen Dijsselbloem was chairman of the Euro Group and in his speeches he impresses with his directness and clarity. Among other things, he talks about the European financial markets and the future of Europe. As chairman of the Euro Group from 2013 to 2018, he experienced the financial crisis in Greece first hand. At the time, he succeeded in making the complex third aid programme for Greece comprehensible for outsiders.
Our speaker José Manuel Barroso was President of the European Commission from 2004 to 2014. During his term in office, Barroso signed the Lisbon Treaty and received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the EU together with Council President Van Rompuy. Barroso's speeches focus on the importance and the future of Europe.
Viviane Reding, one of the most prominent European politicians, is another one of our speakers. The Luxembourgian politician looks back on more than 25 years of professional experience in European politics, including 15 years as EU Commissioner. Courageous and unafraid of confrontations, she advocated, for example, a 70% reduction in mobile roaming charges and the reform of the European telecommunications sector.