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

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Congress Centrum Alpbach
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 without losing the positive effects of the free market?

Head of Strategic Communications, European External Action Service, Brussels (tbc)
Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin
Columnist and leader writer, The Guardian, London (tbc)
Chair

Array Lutz GÜLLNER

Head of Strategic Communications, European External Action Service, Brussels

Dr. Frank N. PIEKE

Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin

 Frank N. Pieke joined MERICS as director and CEO in August 2018. Pieke studied cultural anthropology and Chinese studies at the University of Amsterdam and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992. After lectureships in Leiden and Oxford, he was appointed chair professor in modern China studies at Leiden University in 2010.
 Pieke’s current research revolves around the impact of China on Europe, foreign immigrant groups in China and the transformation of the Chinese Communist Party. His most recent books are The Good Communist (2009) and Knowing China (2016), both published by Cambridge University Press.
 Pieke has a strong track record as researcher, opinion leader and institution builder. In Oxford he set up and directed the Oxford China Centre. Subsequently in Leiden he served as academic director of the Institute of Area Studies and as executive director of the Leiden Asia Centre. He has conducted numerous consultancy and externally funded projects and is regularly involved in discussions on contemporary China in the media, government and business.

Array Natalie NOUGAYREDE

Columnist and leader writer, The Guardian, London

Political and Legal Symposium

show timetable

24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:30Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary

25.08.2019

09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawPartner
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
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 IncomeBreakout
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: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019 Ein Weckruf für Europa!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: How Can Africa and Europe Work Together?Plenary
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
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary

26.08.-26.08.2018

Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner

26.08.2019

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: to be announcedBreakout
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
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 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Civil Society in Times of UpheavalPartner
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
18:00 - 19:00How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial

27.08.2019

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary