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Yves Bertoncini

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London, 28 September 2012 - European Perspectives on Living in an Age of Austerity: Implications for Transatlantic Relations

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Yves Bertoncini, Secretary general of Notre Europe, will participate to a one-day seminar organized by Chatham House in association with the US National Intelligence Council on “European Perspectives on Living in an Age of Austerity: Implications for Transatlantic Relations”, London, 28 September 2012.

09h00 Welcome and Introduction

09h15 Session 1 – The Changing Political Economy of Europe

- Competing European views about ‘austerity’ and ‘growth’

- Attitudes to the idea of deeper economic and fiscal integration

- How structural are the economic divergences between the more and less competitive economies of Europe?

10h45 Coffee

11h00 Session 2 – Politics in austerity: The economic crisis and nationalist, populist and extremist parties

- How are extremist and populist parties transitioning from an anti-immigrant to an anti-EU focus and how successful is this proving?

- Are there commonalities among populist and extremist movements across Europe?

- How serious are the risks that extremism might move into forms of violence against state actors and institutions or to terrorism, as in the 1970s?

- How are 'mainstream' parties reacting?

13h00 Lunch

14h00-16h00 Session 3 - The Effects of the crisis on European foreign policy

- Impacts of the austerity drive on European defence spending, prospects for EU defence and security coordination, and impacts on the NATO alliance;

- Are there signs that the crisis is affecting European foreign and security policy-making?

- Are there risks to the transatlantic alliance of growing European insularity?

- How well placed is Europe to cope with rising powers, such as China, or complicated neighbours, such as Russia and Turkey? Are there risks of divergence from US approaches?

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