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RE-KINDLING THE FIRE

Foreign policy, Security and Defence
Date: Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:00 - Saturday, 15 September 2018 15:00

Venue: Contact Organizer  |  City: Brussels

The European Young Leaders meet during the second half of a pre-election year for Europe, during which the jostling of right-wing populists and left-leaning neoliberals will move from the national arenas of member states to take centre-stage at the European level. 

It’s a key moment for European citizens to examine their understanding of the European project, assess its strengths and weaknesses and their expectations for the future of the Union, in order to shape its governance for the coming years.

Winning audiences through both digital and traditional media will be intrinsic to the outcome of these elections, whilst citizens themselves must be more vigilant than ever to guard against “fake news” when assessing the campaigns of the candidates and parties vying for their support. Meanwhile, social platforms operating in Europe will face increased scrutiny as to how they filter and manage the information presented to their users, particularly in the wake of alleged Russian and North Korean interference in democratic processes across Europe, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The overarching pre-election theme has two main components which will be further reflected throughout the European Young Leaders’ programme during this important year. The first of these is the enabling and embedding of resilience in the people, policies  and processes of the European project. The second concerns the bridging of the gap between citizens and states, which has widened in recent years due to an increasing lack of trust and confidence in governments and the EU institutions. 

The Valletta seminar is the second in a series of seminars which form the foundation of the 2018 edition of the European Young Leaders’ programme, and its themes have been chosen to reflect the core work of Friends of Europe for this year and into the future. Many of the ideas generated in this seminar will feed into the 2018 workstream of our Citizens Europe programme and will also provide the basis for a series of wider follow-up debates via our online platform Debating Europe and its 3.5 million strong community of citizens. #EUevents

 

 

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  • From Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:00 to Saturday, 15 September 2018 15:00

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