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The “Ask the Expert” series continued in Pécs

On 13 March 2018, the latest event of “Ask the Expert”, a foreign-policy roundtable series of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, entitled „The Future of the European Union – Enlarged or Broken?” was organized in cooperation with the University of Pécs.


On 13 March 2018, the latest event of “Ask the Expert”, a foreign-policy roundtable series of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, entitled „The Future of the European Union – Enlarged or Broken?” was organized in cooperation with the University of Pécs.

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade was represented by our senior research fellow Sándor Gyula Nagy PhD, our research fellows Sejla Almadi and Tamás Levente Molnár, and our associate research fellow, Barnabás Szabó. The discussion was moderated by Nikolett Garai, project coordinator at IFAT.

The event was opened by dr. István Taróssy, associate professor and deputy head of department of the University of Pécs. After the introduction, the experts provided a brief overview of the current issues in their respective fields of research, thus enticing a rather lively discussion. Regarding the future of the European Union, the questions concerned Turkish-German relations, the issue of the Franco-German tandem, the outlook for the Catalan and Scottish independence movements, as well as the possible forms of cooperation between the EU and the UK after Brexit. Furthermore, more questions touched upon the possibilities of the deepening and broadening of the EU, providing for a quite comprehensive analysis of the issue.

Answering the question of the event’s title, the experts all expressed their rather optimistic views for the future of the EU, enumerating the frameworks for cooperation created by the Union – among others - in education, communication, economy and security, thus reassuring that the EU continues to provide a peaceful framework for the cooperation of European countries.

This last discussion of the “Ask the Expert” series was realized as part of the series of events called “International Spring” at the University of Pécs.