This session starts with an English-language lecture (consecutively interpreted into BG) & concludes with a Bulgarian-language panel discussion
This fourth Festival of Ideas on Europe session assessed the EU’s current situation and its imperative going forwards. In his introductory, English-language (with Bulgarian consecutive interpretation) lecture, Torreblanca focused on the state of the EU, while the subsequent Bulgarian-language panel discussion took on the debate surrounding Brussels’ centripetal force and the role of Europe’s nation states.
This evening formed part of the Festival of Ideas on Europe. We will produce English-language video highlights of this and other Festival of Ideas on Europe discussions in May/June and you can find out more about the festival, its other events, upcoming media and live streams on our festival page at https://www.tttdebates.org/festival-of-ideas-on-europe/
The state of the EU: integration, crisis & disintegration
Opening lecture - in English
José Ignacio Torreblanca - Spanish Journalist, Political Analyst and Senior Policy Fellow at the ECFR
Alongside his work at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Torreblanca is a professor of political science at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). He is also a weekly columnist for El Mundo and a contributor to Radio Nacional de España. Torreblanca has also worked as the editorial director of El Pais (2016-2018) and as the head of the ECFR’s Madrid Office (2007-2016).
A Europe of nations or a Europe of integration?
Follow-up discussion - in Bulgarian
Svetoslav Ivanov - Journalist, BTV
Ognian Minchev - Director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies and Chairman of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian branch of the Transparency International Foundation
Daniel Stefanov - Program Coordinator at ECFR