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War in Europe: Is the EU fit to fight for peace?

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21 April 2022

17:30 - 19:00 CEST



The EUI-STG Democracy Forum, Europe Calling, Mehr Demokratie, Pulse of Europe and Citizens Take Over Europe discuss urgent questions the Ukrainian conflict raises both for the Conference on the Future of Europe, and longer-term efforts to reform EU democracy.

Russia’s terrible war against Ukraine has changed Europe. Never before has the European Union acted as united and resolute in foreign policy and defence - even if many argue it still needs to do more. Across the continent, there is a growing willingness to accept a joint responsibility to act together, including militarily, against aggressive, authoritarian regimes. 

But are the EU and its institutions fit for this new reality? Currently dominated by the Member States, what should the role of the European Parliament, the European Commission and, ultimately, the sovereign citizens be, in a European Union at war or deeply involved in one? As the Ukrainian conflict rages on – amidst others in the world – what actions, policies and democratic reforms would it take for the EU to become a genuine force for regional, even global peace? 

This webinar will build on recommendations put forward by the 200 citizens as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, to explore how Europeans can live up to their own values and finally break free from historical cycles of violence and exclusion. With the Conference due to conclude on 9 May in Strasbourg, we will also be exploring whether a future constitutional convention, organised as inclusive and participatory as possible, could provide an opportunity to more broadly, deeply and publicly discuss the EU’s role in the world.


Dajana Milinkovic | European Citizens’ Panel ambassador, deputy spokesperson EU in the World Conference Plenary Working Group

Klaudia Deirenne Mazur | European Citizens’ Panel ambassador, member of the EU in the World Conference Plenary Working Group 

Danuta Hübner | MEP from EPP (Poland), EU in the World Plenary Working Group  

Alfiaz Vaiya | Co-founder of Equinox Initiative for Racial Justice 

Viola von Cramon | MEP from Greens/EFA (Germany), EU in the World Working Group

Martin Speer | civil society voice & author, Jean Monnet Prize winner for European Integration 2018 

To join the event, please register here.

*This event builds on discussions from our previous event Unmuted: MEPs on the Conference on the Future of Europe and Power to the People! How Can Europe Work For Everyone?  


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Dajana Milinkovic (European Citizens’ Panel ambassador,)

Klaudia Deirenne Mazur (European Citizens’ Panel ambassador)

Danuta Hübner (European Parliament)

Alfiaz Vaiya (Equinox Initiative for Racial Justice)

Viola Von Cramon (MEP from Greens/EFA)

Martin Speer (civil society voice & author)

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