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E!Sharp Live 2019

On 21 March 2019, politicians, business, NGOs and the international press will once again gather in Brussels for E!Sharp Live, where the future of the European Union will be debated. Taking its lead from E!Sharp online, E!Sharp Live is a "magazine-style" format conference, delivering punchy, informed conversation and comment.


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The European Union is heading towards the final year of the current European Commission and the European Parliament elections in the summer of 2019. This is in the context of relative optimism. The Brexit negotiations, for all the hubris, have achieved the once-impossible task of publicly highlighting the Union’s value - and not just to UK citizens, but to citizens and governments around the EU. Emmanuel Macron’s election in France has reinvigorated a once tired national politics and although many of his actions are unpopular, he continues to inspire fresh and radical thinking around the EU reform agenda. In Germany, a bittersweet re-election victory for Merkel, where the far right has gained a foothold in the Bundestag, has at least confirmed the continuing presence on the diplomatic scene of a significant pro-European with global influence.


With a newfound optimism, Jean-Claude Juncker, in his most recent State of the Union address, asserted that the EU has the wind in its sails and that “Now is the time to build a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe for 2025”. But how?


E!Sharp Live 2019 will look at whether this optimism is well placed. Participants will debate the interaction between Brexit and the EU’s sense of renewed purpose, and look what reforms might be required to deliver energy to the European project and one which seeks to continue to address the populist politics that have emerged on both sides of the Atlantic.


What can we expect from the continuing Brexit negotiations when it comes to the UK-Eire land border and how will UK politics develop in the coming months both as a reaction to Brexit and beyond? Will France complete its radical reform agenda and how will German and French national politics interact with policy developments in Brussels? How does the EU plan to build up its trading arrangements and capitalise on its relative economic strength, where the EU’s GDP growth has out-performed that of the US for the last 2 years?


E!Sharp Live 2019 will also once again shine a spotlight on the role of satire and the political cartoonist, this year featuring a presentation of the work of Andy Davey. Andy has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Sun, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman, Private Eye, Spectator, Prospect, Squib, E!Sharp and the New Statesman to name a few.


Join us at E!Sharp Live on 21 March 2019 in Brussels. 


E!Sharp Live 2017 Highlights Video


Click below to watch the highlights from the E!Sharp Live 2017 Conference!






Further video content can be viewed here.



E!Sharp Podcasts

You can listen to Paul Adamson's In Conversation Sharp Talk podcasts by clicking the link below.


E!Sharp Live 2017 Highlights



Thursday 21 March, 2019
08.30 to 20.00







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