Reflections on the Future of Europe with Paolo Gentiloni

Europe finds itself at a crossroads, confronting a challenging external environment, an unprecedented surge in support for populist parties, and the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. This raises a host of crucial questions: What will be the major challenges for Europe in the coming years? Is Europe prepared to weather these storms? And how will the rise of populism affect the institutional and policymaking landscape in Europe?

It is in this context that Paolo Gentiloni, former prime minister of Italy (2016-18) and member of the centre-left Democratic Party, will offer his reflections on dealing with Europe’s travails, drawing on his personal experience at the helm of power during a turbulent period.

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Event recorded 6 March 2019.


Paolo Gentiloni (PaoloGentiloni) is an Italian politician, a member of the Democratic Party and former prime minister of Italy (2016 to 2018).

Iain Begg (@IainBeggLSE), Academic co-director of the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS and professorial research fellow at the European Institute.

Dahrendorf Forum (@DahrendorfForum) is a joint initiative between the LSE and the Hertie School of Governance, funded by Stiftung Mercator.

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE’s foreign policy think tank. We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.