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10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct Investments

Breakout / The EU and its Partners
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Since the Global Financial Crisis, foreign direct investments (FDIs) in Europe, especially from China and Russia, have been growing exponentially. What dangers does this bring for Europe’s freedom and security? How can we protect these factors without losing the positive effects of the free market?

Director, Sinolytics, Zürich
China Research Fellow and Project Coordinator, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Prague
Director, DG Trade - Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission, Brussels
EU Correspondent, WirtschaftsWoche, Brussels Chair


Director, Sinolytics, Zürich

 Markus Herrmann Chen, Director at Sinolytics, advises corporate and public sector clients on strategic policy aspects of operational and business challenges in the Chinese market. He combines deep business understanding with policy expertise and six years working experience in China. Prior to Sinolytics, Markus worked as Government Affairs Director with Bayer MaterialScience in China and as Management Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in its Shanghai, Hong Kong and Zurich offices. Further, Markus leads the Asia program at the Swiss foreign policy think tank ‘Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy’ focusing on China’s foreign policy and Europe-China economic relations. Markus holds a MLaw in international public and trade law from the universities of Bern and Geneva as well as a CAS in Public Policy from ETHZ.


China Research Fellow and Project Coordinator, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Prague

 Ivana Karásková is a China Research Fellow at the Association for International Affairs (AMO), Prague-based foreign policy think tank. She founded ChinfluenCE, an international project mapping China’s influence in Central Europe, revealing e.g. links between Czech politicians and pro-China lobby. ChinfluenCE results were presented at European Parliament, to Members of US Congress, and quoted by international press. She also designed and coordinates China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) platform. Ivana holds university degrees in Journalism and International Relations; she finishes her Ph.D. at Charles University where she lectures on China’s geopolitics, EU-China relations and security in Northeast Asia. Ivana completed research and study stays in China, Taiwan and US (Fulbright scholar at Columbia University). She is an alumna of the US State Department’s International Visitors Program on Investment Screening Mechanism and a member of China expert pool at the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.


Director, DG Trade - Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission, Brussels

 Denis Redonnet is the Director for "WTO, Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods" in the Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission.
 Previously he headed the WTO division and then the Strategy division.
 Before that, he served as Deputy chief of staff to EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and advisor to EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy.
 He is a career European Commission official, having held positions in the monetary, international economic affairs and internal market directorate generals of the EU Executive. He is an economist by training, and started his career as a corporate banker for a French bank in the city of London.


EU Correspondent, WirtschaftsWoche, Brussels

 Silke Wettach has been reporting from Brussels since 2002 as EU-correspondent for WirtschaftsWoche, Germany´s leading business weekly. An economist by training, Silke covers a wide range of topics including trade, brexit and the euro. Born to an Austrian mother and a German father, she grew up in Greece and Ireland. She holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin and an MA from Université Catholique de Louvain. In 2002 she received a prize for young journalists from the Ludwig Erhard Foundation. Previously a scholarship from IJP had enabled her to work in Mexico.

Political and Legal Symposia

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17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary