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'The European Union - How Europe's leaders can hang together-or separately' (Policy and Practice)

Publication date: Sep 30, 2013 11:57 AM

Start: Jan 23, 2014 05:30 PM
End: Jan 23, 2014 07:00 PM

Location: Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill LT Medical Sciences building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

Sir Stephen Wall and Pierre de Boissieu

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Stephen Wall

Stephen Wall was for 35 years a member of the British Diplomatic Service. He worked closely with five British Foreign Secretaries and was Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister John Major. His European experience includes five years as Head of the Foreign Office European Department;  two years as Britain’s  ambassador to Portugal; five years as UK Permanent Representative to the EU and four years as EU adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. His book on Britain’s EU policy, ‘A Stranger in Europe’, was published in 2008. He has written The Official History of Britain and the European Community, 1963-1975, published in July 2012.

Current positions held include:

Chair of the Council of University College London
Official Historian for the Cabinet Office, writing the Official History of Britain and the European Community, 1975-1991
Chair of the Federal Trust
Chair of Trustees at Cumberland Lodge
Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomson Foundation
Trustee of the Franco-British Council
Vice-Chair of Business for New Europe
Co-chair of the Belgo-British Conference

Pierre de Boissieu

1999-2011 : Secrétaire-général du Conseil de l'Union européenne
1993-1999 : Représentant permanent de la France auprès de l'Union européenne
1989-1993 : Directeur des Affaires économiques au Ministère des affaires étrangères
1984-1989 : Chef du service de coopération économique (affaires européennes) au Ministère des affaires étrangères
1978-1984 : Chef de cabinet du président puis vice-président de la Commission européenne
1973-1978 : premier secrétaire à l'ambassade de France à Bonn
1971-1973 : Au Ministère des affaires étrangères, direction d'Europe
1968-1971 : Elève à l'Ecole nationale d'administration (ENA). 

Europe is in crisis. The 2014 European Parliament elections will be contested as never before. Will the Euro zone sink or swim? Will the EU itself be condemned to a slow decline or will its members, those in the Euro zone at least, integrate more closely than ever?
Four former practitioners, from different countries and background, gave their answers in a recent report: Remaking Europe. Two of them, both former Permanent Representatives of their countries (France and the UK) to the EU: Pierre de Boissieu and Stephen Wall, will give their view: sombre, realistic and a challenge to political leadership if the European Union is to prosper, not flounder.

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