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The State of the Union 2014


06 May 2014 22:00


EU Elections 2014

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The State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union. The conference’s fourth edition will bring together leading academics, policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders to discuss the future of the social and political model for Europe and the upcoming European Elections.

Official hashtag of the conference: #SoU2014



18.30 - 20.00 The Televised President’s Debate: Candidates to the European Commission’s Presidency are Challenged over The State of the Union


José Bové
, member of the European Parliament, is the candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission with the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. A farmer, unionist and environmental activist, he has led numerous international rallies and protests against market consolidation, globalization of agriculture, genetically modified crops and shale-gas. After being the spokesperson of the Farmer’s Confederation, in 2007 he stood as candidate in the French

Jean-Claude Juncker chaired the Eurogroup from January 2005 until January 2013 and was its first permanent President. Previously, he was Parliamentary Secretary of the Luxembourg Christian Social Party (CSV) from 1979 to 1982 and chairman of the CSV (1990-1995). He was repeatedly Minister of Labor and of the Finance and Prime Minister from 1995 till 2013. He was also governor of the World Bank (1989-1995), Governor of the International Monetary Fund and Governor...

Martin Schulz President of the European Parliament and has been elected by the Party of European Socialists as candidate to the next EC Presidency. He is a German politician and a member of the European Parliament for the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Since 2004 he is the leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and since 2009 he is the SPD’s European coordinator, responsible for improving...

Guy Verhofstadt is the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.He was born in 1953, and attended school and university in Ghent, where he studied the law.In 1972, he became President of the Liberal Flemish Students’ Union in Ghent and, four years later, was elected as a City Councillor there.  Keen to follow his interest in national politics, Guy went on to take a number of high profile posts including Political Secretary to Willy De Clercq...

Others to be confirmed

Moderated by:

Tony Barber is Europe Editor at the Financial Times, writing on European business, economic and political news. From 2007 to 2010 he was the newspaper’s Brussels bureau chief, following five years as Rome bureau chief and four years heading up the Frankfurt bureau. Before joining the FT Barber worked for The Independent newspaper, from 1992 to 1997 as east Europe editor and Europe editor. He began his career with Reuters in 1981...

Monica Maggioni, is the Director of Rainews24. She studied at the Catholic University of Milan and the School of radio and TV journalism in Perugia. She has worked for Euronews (1994-1996) and since 1996 she works has been working for RAI. She covered the Second Intifada (2000-2002), the attack on the World trade Centre (2001), the Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2005) and Barack Obama’s election (2008). She is a contributor to various...

J.H.H. Weiler is President of the European University Institute (EUI). Previously he served as Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Harvard Law School and subsequently as Director of the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law. Weiler is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) and the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON). Weiler is also an Honorary Professor at University College London and the University of Copenhagen...



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