Finding untapped partners for a multilateral world: A Black Coffee Morning

, Berlin time (CET, UTC+1)
Venue: ECFR Berlin, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin (entrance: Rosmarinstr. 1)


Annika Bolten-Drutschmann, Deputy Director of Policy Planning, German Foreign Office

Ina Heusgen, Director for Multilateral Affairs, United Nations and Africa, German Federal Chancellery

Chaired by

Jana Puglierin, head, ECFR Berlin and senior policy fellow, ECFR

Multilateralism is in crisis. Europeans find it increasingly difficult to shape their environment and make themselves heard on the global stage. Their relative weight is declining and the space for cooperation is shrinking with great powers competing more intensely. More than ever, Europeans need global partners to advance multilateral solutions to global problems. 

Europe’s traditional interconnectedness seems to reach its limits. Its economic growth, prosperity and stability depend largely on a functioning multilateral system and access to transportation and communication networks. Is this viable for Europe’s future? Should we extend our gaze beyond conventional alliances and explore collaborations with other eligible – and untapped – potential partner countries?

During the event, we will introduce our innovative Multilateral Matchmaker, designed to assist European policymakers in identifying partners across various policy areas. These partners, often overlooked, have the potential to make substantial contributions to advancing common interests on the global stage.

A light breakfast will be provided. Please note that seating is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be conducted in English.