During the past decade Europe was in crisis mode: The banking crisis, the sovereign debt crisis, the threat of transnational terrorism, the wars on the borders of Europe and the associated migration flows, the Brexit and the crisis of multilateralism as well as the crises of the rule of law in EU member states, the rise of populist parties and parties rejecting the EU. The forthcoming election to the European Parliament in May 2019 will also be a vote on Europe's political and social handling of crises. How is the EU dealing with the current and new crises? Is a crisis of European democracy imminent? Is there any reason to believe that this very election could be seen as a turning point? Or could the crises be followed by a transition to a Europe that, in times of external and internal challenges, reflects on its values and develops a vision for the future of the European project?


Mark Weinmeister (State Secretary for European Affairs of the State of Hessen)

Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff (Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt)


Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (Cluster of Excellence „The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Panel Discussion

Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Guérot (Head of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy / founder of the European Democracy Lab)


Ralph Sina (Head of WDR/NDR-Radiostudio Brussels)