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Can Macron’s “European Political Community” save Europe’s ailing security order?

Foreign and security policy

CEPS & Online
Place du Congrès 1, Brussels, Belgium

This hybrid event is free and open to the public but registration is mandatory. Once registered, you will receive instructions on how to join this event virtually.

Hybrid Event

Can Macron’s “European Political Community” save Europe’s ailing security order?


Lunchtime meeting:

On October 6th, leaders from across the continent will gather in Prague in an attempt to flesh out French President Emmanuel Macron’s inchoate vision of a European Political Community (EPC). Although touching on many policy areas, the central component of the EPC concerns foreign and security policy.

In the short term, the new Community could provide a platform to discuss the challenges posed by Russia, which is currently running roughshod over established European political and security norms. Yet the EPC’s supposed goal of providing a ‘halfway house’ for some European countries who seek closer ties with the EU but are not yet ready for full membership is noteworthy, as it highlights the diversity of state actors on the continent. Although Moscow is not currently under consideration for membership in the fledgling organisation, the persistence of political pluralism on the continent raises the question of whether the EPC can eventually provide a pathway to a new and more cooperative European security order after the war in Ukraine.

Should the goal of the EPC be to become a quasi-extension of the EU? Or can visions of Gorbachev’s ‘common European home’ or Mitterand’s ‘European confederation’ be resurrected?

This event is organised in the context of ‘JOINT’, a project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 959143.

Lunch will start from 12:30 onwards.

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Speakers list
Ilke Toygür

Professor of Geopolitics of Europe, University Carlos III of Madrid & Senior Associate, CSIS Europe, Russia and Eurasia Program

Charles Grant

Director, Centre for European Reform

Steven Blockmans

Director of Research, CEPS

Tom Casier

Reader in International Relations, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), University of Kent