Time to Talk: Europe and the crisis in Ukraine

The EU as a guarantee for long-lasting peace: a lost illusion?

This year's main theme in the debate network Time to Talk, which deBuren is a member of, is ‘The crisis of Trust in Europe'. In this debate we ask the question if the guarantee of peace – something the EU frequently puts forward as its greatest achievement – is still a credible claim after what has happened in Ukraine. Are we rapidly approaching a new cold war or are we already in the middle of it? What can we expect of the new Ukrainian elections that will be held on the 26th of October? During this discussion we welcome audience members to join the debate.

The panel for this debate will consist of Michael Emerson (Centre for European Policy Studies), Andriy Boytsun (University of Antwerp) and Sergii Leshchenko (former investigative journalist at Ukrainska Pravda and candidate in the upcoming Ukrainian parliamentary elections). Moderator of the discussion is Chris Burns (Euronews, Media Director at the think tank Friends of Europe).

Prior to the debate the Ukrainian performer Taisiya Melnyk will present a short video of her performance 'Flowering cruelty'. This perfromance – during which she uses combat knives – is meant to express the needlesness of war.


More information on the speakers

Andriy Boytsun is a researcher and visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, where he also received his PhD in economics in 2009. Previously, he worked on international policy projects in projects in Ukraine and has written for, a.o., the economic magazines Quarterly Predictions and Policy Studies. Since the beginning of the present crisis in Ukraine, Andriy has commented on the news from the studios of Terzake and in interviews on Radio 1. He has also written several opinion pieces on the situation in Ukraine for VRT Nieuws. His current research focuses on corporate governance and he has also contributed to the policy debate in Ukraine in this field. For example, after the "gas war" between Russia and Ukraine he organised a round table in Kyiv on the governance of Naftogaz Ukraine, the largest gas company in the region, state controlled and with a monopoly on gas supply

Michael Emerson is a senior research fellow at CEPS (The Centre for European Policy Studies) in Brussels. Since 1998, he has been the director of the programme for European external, security and neighbourhood policy at CEPS. Emerson graduated from Balliol College, Oxford and subsequently worked for the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Organisation) in Paris (1966-1973), the European Commission (1973-1996), as an economic adviser to former European Commission President Roy Jenkins and as the EU ambassador to Moscow (1991 -1996). From 1996 to 1998, he worked as a senior research fellow at the London School of Economics and has written numerous publications on European integration, the ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) and contemporary conflicts in Europe.

Sergii Leshchenko is an established, Kiev-based investigative journalist, blogger and activist for press freedom. In 2010, he was one of the initiators of the Stop Censorship! movement. Since 2000, he has been working for the news website Ukrainska Pravda, where he has specialised in anti-corruption research and political reporting. In the year prior to the elections of 2012, he took part in the Chesno campaign, calling for transparency and accountability in the Ukrainian parliament. In 2012, Leshchenko was awarded a John Smith Fellowship, after he had participated in a UK-based programme on good governance, social justice and the rule of law. In 2013, he received journalism awards from the Norwegian Fritt Ord Foundation and the German ZEIT-Stiftung. In the same year he published the book The American Saga of Pavlo Lazarenko, based on the investigation of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko by the American justice system. In 2013-14 he was a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy centre in Washington, where he worked on an essay on the failure of the Orange Revolution. He is running for parliament in the upcoming Ukrainian parliamentary elections for president Poroshenko's party.

Moderator:
Chris Burns is a Franco-American journalist and media consultant with 25 years' reporting experience in Europe, the U.S., Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. He has covered armed conflicts, election battles, financial crises, natural and human disasters and film festivals. Chris Burns now hosts a hard talk programme on Euronews titled "The Network", after reporting for CNN, Bloomberg TV and the Associated Press. He is also Media Director at the think tank Friends of Europe. Furthermore, Chris works as a media consultant, media trainer and video producer, and has moderated panels including the World Economic Forum and the first-ever live debate between the EU presidential candidates. A graduate of political economy at the University of California, Berkeley, Chris speaks five languages, has dual US-French nationality, and lives in Brussels with his wife, two kids and three guitars.

Organisation: deBuren

 

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