Europe and Its Dissenters

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, IWM library

What does it take for a politician, who was member of the European Convention and thus actively shaping the vision for a stronger European Union to turn into a passionate advocate for Brexit? What does it take for a German to want to politically divorce Britain from the continent? What does it take for a politician on the left to endorse the Brexit that is usually associated with the conservative right? What went wrong in Europe, so that it became impossible for many to further advocate European integration? What does it take to turn a pro-European into an Eurosceptic?

In this in-depth conversation with the Right Honourable Gisela Stuart we will have the chance to get a direct and personal insight into the processess that shape the future of Britain, and the European Union.

Gisela Stuart, born and raised in West Germany, is a Member of the British parliament (Labour party, 1997 – 2017). She was UK Parliamentary Representative to the European Convention drawing up a new constitution for the European Union (2001-2003). In 2016 Stuart became Chair of the Vote Leave Campaign which paved the way to the success of the Brexit referendum. Since September 2016, Stuart serves as Chair of Vote Leave’s successor organisation, Change Britain.

Christian Ultsch
Head, Foreign Politics Department, Die Presse
Ivan Krastev
IWM Permanent Fellow, IWM; Author of After Europe (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

In cooperation with the European Network of Houses for Debate “Time to Talk”, Die Presse and with the generously support of EVN and OSIFE.

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