The Institute for Politics and Society, The Friedrich Naumann Foundation and The European Liberal Forum cordially invite you to international conference

Multiple Challenges for Europe.

The event is held under the auspices of Adriana Krnáčová, Lady Mayor of Prague and with the financial support of the European Parliament

Since 2009, Europe has been facing multiple crises. Some would even claim that there should be a database of crises and challenges. There is a crisis involving the Eurozone, which has not disappeared but has been just overshadowed by more urgent matters. There is the topic of Greece staying or not staying in the Eurozone. There is a sobering debt crisis in the southern belt. We have Russian aggression in Ukraine and challenges related to stabilizing Ukraine. Then there is the threat of Brexit and there is a crisis in the European energy market and energy dependency on Russia. Nowadays, everyone is concerned with the migration crisis, security crisis, and Schengen crisis. There are challenges with how to deal with Turkey, Syria, and ISIL. Furthermore, we also have a European political crisis, a rise of political extremism, the East¬ West division, and a crisis of European leadership, values, sharing, and solidarity. The Multiple Challenges for Europe conference will aim to address these issues, and potential avenues for resolution in the European context


  • Václav Bělohradský, Professor Emeritus of Political Sociology at the University of Trieste (Czech Republic)
  • Jaques Rupnik, Professor at Sciences Po in Paris and honorary visiting professor at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Andrej Babiš, Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
  • Guy Verhofstadt, Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (Belgium)
  • Pavel Telička, Member of European Parliament (Czech Republic)
  • H.E. Efthymios Efthymiades, Ambassador of Greece to the Czech Republic (Greece)
  • H.E. Aldo Amati, Ambassador of Italy to the Czech Republic (Italy)
  • Tomáš Haišman, Director of the Department of Asylum and Migration of the Ministry of Interior (Czech Republic) 


  • Panel A: European Vision, Values, Leadership, and Federalism
  • Talk for Europe with Václav Bělohradská and Jacque Rupnik
  • Panel B: Migration, Security, Future of Schengen 
  • Talk for Europe with Guy Verhofstadt, Andrej Babiš and Pavel Telička
  • Panel C: Eurozone, Greece, and Sovering Debt Crisis 
  • Talk for Europe with Martin Stropnický and Jan Macháček
  • Panel D: Ukraine and Assertive Russia 

Complete program and registration can be found HERE: 


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