Crisis Talk on 23 June 2021

Livestream provided by Hessen in Berlin und Europe
(simultaneous interpretation English/German)

Europe and the world have been affected by the pandemic in virtually every aspect of life.
Representatives of numerous policy areas have struggled to offer structural solutions to the
challenges. This event however, will not focus on people, but structures. It is designed to shed light on the state of organisations and rules put in place to manage crises and ensure that crises are handled in a coordinated way. The discussion will also address the fact that knowledge of this crisis increased rapidly and was made available to facilitate decisions in political institutions, even though considerable uncertainty remains. Against this background, the Crisis Talk will focus on the EU’s crisis management, while also considering the global context. How well prepared was the EU to handle such a crisis, in other words, what kind of plans were in place to avert crises? How do we rate the EU’s coordinated action after more than a year of the pandemic? And how has the EU met its global responsibility to other regions around the world? Opinions will therefore not be limited to the pandemic, but will also address the consequences for European solidarity and Europe’s role in the world.


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

Rebecca Schmidt
Goethe University Frankfurt/Normative Orders


Prof Dr Nicole Deitelhoff
Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt/Speaker Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World”

Panel discussion

Prof Dr Nicole Deitelhoff

Jens Gieseke (tbc)
Member of the European Parliament

Kim Eling
Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Crisis Management, European Commission


Gudrun Engel
TV-Correspondent, WDR

The "Crisis Talks" lunchtime debate series, organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalized World", addresses how the European Union deals with crises and what we have learned from previous crisis situations. The "Crisis Talks" lunchtime debate series is organised since Juni 2015 by the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalized World" in therepresentation of the State of Hessen to the EU in Brussels.