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Looking ahead: the 89ers and the Future of Europe
January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Hosted by the European Institute and the 1989 Generation Initiative
On the occasion of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s third anniversary, Timothy Garton Ash will speak in broad terms about the future of the EU in the wake of Brexit, prospects for its reform, and how the next generation of European leaders must act to shape events.
In an article at the height of the euro crisis, Timothy Garton Ash called on the young generation of Europeans to take ownership of the EU project. The response of students at the LSE European Institute in 2016, was to set up the 1989 Generation Initiative as a vehicle to do just that. Three years on, the Initiative is active in twelve countries and growing fast into a pan-European network of young people committed to reinventing Europe. In the meantime, the EU faces new crises. With the UK choosing to exit, paralysis over immigration, and the election of a populist government in a key member state, the future of the European Union is very much in doubt. How can it be reformed to make it function better? What role for the 89ers?
Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford.
Simon Glendinning is head of the European Institute and Professor in European Philosophy at LSE.