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Europe in the world: Can EU foreign policy make an impact?- Edinburgh Event

Date: Thursday 21st February 2013

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Venue: Dunedin Suite, Radisson Blu Hotel, Royal Mile, 80 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TH


  • David Martin MEP
  • Clare Adamson MSP, Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee
  • Rt Hon The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC
  • Prof John Peterson, Professor of International Politics, University of Edinburgh

Chair: Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre

At this Europe in the World event hosted by the Foreign Policy Centre and European Commission Office in Scotland with the University of Edinburgh, we will debate the current state of EU foreign policy and explore both how Europe is seen on the world stage and the effectiveness of the External Action Service in delivering on its key objectives: building an effective new diplomatic service, strengthening EU influence in the neighbourhood and developing relations with strategic partners.

The event will explore the institutional and organisational challenges surrounding the creation of the EEAS and what tensions remain with other EU institutions and national governments. It will explore where the UK and Scotland fit into the European Foreign Policy jigsaw and what impact the Eurozone crisis and other strategic shifts are having on the EU's role in the world and the extent to which it promotes 'European values' such as democracy and human rights both in the neighbourhood and globally.

Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to all.

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