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Europe - Between Unity and Division

Date: Thursday, June 21, 11:30 - 13:00
Location: Oren 2 Hall

The current Eurozone economic crisis is threatening to fray the ties that bind the Union together. Events of the past year have brought into question the future of the Euro, the balance of power between the member states and Brussels, as well as whether Europe is still capable of reaching joint policy positions on domestic and foreign issues. Is the vision of a united Europe in danger? What impact will differing scenarios regarding the future of the continent have on global affairs and on Israel?




Ambassador Daniel Shek, Israel: Advisor on policy, strategic, and communications issues; former Israeli Ambassador to France; former Foreign Ministry Spokesperson; former Israeli Consul, Northwest United States; former senior expert on European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former Head, BICOM. 



Ambassador Andreas Michaelis, German: Ambassador to the State of Israel; former Ambassador to Singapore; Director-General for Near and Middle Eastern Affairs and North Africa; former Director-General for Asian and Pacific Affairs; former Spokesman, German Foreign Office.

Dr. Diana Pinto, France/Italy: Writer and Independent Scholar; former Senior Fellow, Board Member, Institute for Jewish Policy Research; Director, IJPR’s Voices for the Res Publican: Re-Discovering the Common Good Project; former Editor-in-Chief, Belvédère; former Consultant, Council of Europe; Founding Member, European Council on Foreign Relations; Member, Haut Conséil de l'Alliance israélite universelle (Paris).  Author: Israël a déménagé  (2012).

Ambassador Shimon Stein, Israel: Former Israeli Ambassador to Germany; Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies; former  Deputy Director-General for CIS, Eastern and Central Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Senior Analyst, Centre for Political Research.


Mr. Martin Wolf, UK: Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Honorary Fellow, Nuffield College, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, Oxford Institute for Economic Policy; Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham; Member, Board of Governors, Ben Gurion University. Author: Fixing Global Finance (2008); Why Globalization Works (2004). Recipient: Commander of the British Empire (for services to financial journalism); 32nd Ischia International Journalism Prize 2012.

Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, Italy: Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); former United Nations (UN) Special Representative for Kosovo; former Head, UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo; former Director, OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre; former Director for EU Security and Defense Issues, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former Permanent Representative of Italy, Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague; former Head, Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security, North Atlantic Treaty Organization.




The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew and English.




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