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Europe, what’s going on? European economy between (two) wars

31.01.2024Comments are closed.

On 30 January 2024, Alumni EF hosted a round table event called Europe, what’s going on? European economy between (two) wars that took place in the Lila Hall of the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. Guests of the round table were Jože Damijan, PhD, full professor at the UL SEB, Denis Mancevič, PhD, political scientist, columnist and strategic consultant, and M.Sc. Eva Tomič, advisor to the President of the Republic of Slovenia for climate policies and human rights. The round table moderator was Maja Zalaznik, PhD, full professor at the UL SEB.

The round table began with a discussion of the current strategic situation of Europe, with all participants sharing similar opinions. Doctor Mancevič focused on strategic autonomy, which he says “would require a significantly different European Union in many areas than we have today.” M.Sc. Tomič shared a view from another point of view: “Europe has fallen asleep a bit, but we are increasingly in a multipolar, polycentric world with two superpowers competing with each other.”

The discussion continued with a look at human rights, where M.Sc. Tomič emphasises the increase in fragmentation worldwide and the redistribution of the world and its areas of influence: “This means that the values ​​that prevailed after the Second World War, especially human rights and the rule of law, are also under attack.” Professor Damijan and Doctor Mancevič balanced the conversation with an economic point of view, as they focused on people’s well-being, higher economic growth and a change in migration policy.

At the end of the event, the participants shared their final thoughts by answering: “How should Europe move forward?” M.Sc. Tomič emphasized the importance of eliminating fears and prejudices, which are currently blocking our path to the goal of an integrated society. Professor Damijan defined the importance of military and political autonomy and technological development. He says that without it, we are “subject to other parts of the world”. Doctor Mancevič said, “Deficiencies within the functioning of the European Union are not a matter of geopolitics, but a matter of our decisions so that we can solve them ourselves.”

Professor Zalaznik closed the debate with a reminder that in 2024, half of the world will have elections. Will we take responsibility for this? Will this lead to more peace, development and democracy?

Klara Lebeničnik, Efnews


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