The birth of geopolitical Europe: In conversation with Josep Borrell

With the EU’s High Representative as our honoured guest, the panel will explore the birth of a geopolitical Europe and the new dimensions of European power with a focus on the tech, economic, and security terrains

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Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission


Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director, Le Monde
Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR
Jana Puglierin, Head of the Berlin Office, ECFR
Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Stanford University Cyber Policy Center

Chaired by

José Ignacio Torreblanca, Head of the Madrid Office, ECFR

Following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the European Council on Foreign Relations organised an online debate with the European Union’s High Representative on Europe’s geopolitical response.

The invasion prompted an unprecedented mobilisation of EU resources to counter Russian aggression, spanning the economic, security, energy, technology, and humanitarian fields. Acting decisively and with the common resolve of its member states, the EU has taken huge steps forward as a geopolitical actor.

Has Europe finally learned to speak “the language of power”? Before the war, ECFR conducted a far-reaching exercise to map the battlegrounds on which world powers compete for influence, showing how interdependencies have been turned into vulnerabilities. Today, the EU is not only addressing those vulnerabilities to defend itself but also using them offensively to coerce and deter an aggressor intent on undermining European security.

ECFR’s panel explored the birth of a geopolitical Europe and the new dimensions of European power with a focus on the tech, economic, and security terrains.