Defending Europe’s economic sovereignty from coercion

The online launch of ECFR's report on how Europe can defend its economic sovereignty in the face of economic coercion

, Berlin time (CET, UTC+1)

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Joaquín Almunia, Chair, CEPS; former Vice-President and EU Commissioner for Competition

Carl Bildt, Co-Chair, ECFR; former prime minister of Sweden

Anna Diamantopoulou, President, DIKTIO Network for Reform in Greece and Europe; OECD Secretary-General candidate

Pascal Lamy, President emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute; former Director-General, World Trade Organisation

Chaired by

Jonathan Hackenbroich, Policy Fellow for Economic Statecraft, ECFR

Join the European Council on Foreign Relations for the online launch of its seminal report Defending Europe’s Economic Sovereignty: new ways to resist economic coercion.

Europe faces increasing economic aggression by China, Russia, Turkey, and even its closest ally, America. Great powers are attacking the idea of an open global economy governed by multilateral institutions. Secondary sanctions, tariffs, trade curbs and export controls are used to exert pressure on EU countries, companies, and citizens. 

How can Europeans respond to this geopolitical playbook? From sanctions and finance to taxation and competition policy, our high-level panel of former prime ministers, European Commissioners, and WTO chiefs will discuss the report’s 10 measures on how Europe can boost its resilience in the face of economic coercion.