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Political Symposium


What is the best ratio between diversity and resilience to make political systems work? When is diversity a challenge to the stability of political systems, and which aspects of diversity strengthen resilience? Under this year's general theme "Diversity and Resilience", we will discuss how power shifts on the global stage affect the stability of the global order and of all levels of governance: international, European, national, local.

At the Political Symposium, we will dive into these themes to find innovative answers. While we are looking forward to your participation and sharing of knowledge and experience with us, we also hope that you may gain novel insights on the questions that continue to haunt Europe.

Political Symposium

show timetable


16:00 - 18:00OpeningPlenary
18:30 - 20:00New perspectives on enlargementPlenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 01: POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 02: Country brekfastPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Living the Swiss militia principle: ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: The future of the WestBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the MediterraneanBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nuclear weapons?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Culture and identity: What level of assimilation is required for succesful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Implementing the SDGs: the challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
14:30 - 15:30Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
16:00 - 17:00Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:00 - 19:00The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 02: POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 05: Country BreakfastPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military & civilian cooperation?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: Who has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: New perspectives on 21st-century ChinaBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: The resilience of values: reconciling diversity and universalityBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 18: EU-Russia relations beyond sanctionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Sessions 12-20Breakout
14:30 - 15:30The global power shift: implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:00 - 17:00Shifting power relations between the EU, Russia and TurkeyPlenary


09:00 - 10:30Subsidiarity under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Global transformations towards a sustainable futurePlenary