Rethinking Geoeconomics and the unintended consequences of the EU’s Structural Power
EuropaNova Germany recently had the pleasure of facilitating a discussion with Olivia Lazard (visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe) and Jovan Ratković (Expert in Security and Foreign Policy) at a side event at the 2022 Munich Security Conference. In a comprehensive exchange, EuropaNova Germany moderater Fabian Keske explored the contradictions intrinsic to the EU security nexus. Following a brief summary of the event’s thematic highlights, you can see a recording of the discussion below.
Sunday, 19.02.2022 at 13:30
While the EU’s model of economic liberalisation is often seen as a major
pacifying element of European integration and a key component of its
Structural Power, its negative consequences should not be denied.
Emissions caused by the transportation of goods, or the destruction of
ecosystems – such as the Amazon rainforest through intensified
production – contribute not only to climate change but also to
exacerbating insecurities worldwide. This is an example of the
Security-Development Nexus in practice.
However, attempts to incorporate sustainability in international trade
(e.g. EU-MERCOSUR Free Trade Agreement) are often met with fierce
resistance from developing countries, against what is perceived to be an
imposition of Western values. This side event of the Munich Security
Conference shines light on various conflicting concepts intrinsic to the
European project and strives to develop avenues for rethinking
geoeconomics in the 21st century.
Speakers: Olivia Lazzard (Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe)
Jovan Ratković (Expert in Security and Foreign Policy)
Moderator: Fabian Keske, Academic Advisor, EuropaNova Germany