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  • Author: METRO Office EU Affairs

From a “global payer” to a “global player”

Elmar Brok at the 3rd Brussels Wednesday Social

“Of Walls and Paths – Prospects for the EU’s Foreign Policy”. At the 3rd Brussels Wednesday Social, Elmar Brok discussed current developments of the EU’s foreign policy with the audience and presented both successful examples of the common foreign policy and EU foreign policy challenges that have yet to be solved together.

Around 150 guests from politics, business and civil society accepted METRO GROUP’s invitation to attend the 3rd Brussels Wednesday Social at Solvay Library in Brussels to discuss the prospects of the EU’s foreign policy with Elmar Brok. The event was organised in cooperation with the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE) and with the support of European Movement Germany (EBD).

A Summary of the Evening

In his presentation, Brok spoke about the EU’s foreign policy challenges, such as migration, armed conflicts and how to engage with China, a strong player in economic terms, which lays claim to be a world power. Elmar Brok also stressed the importance of a fair and multilateral trade policy and praised the single market, hailing it a European Union success story. In this context, Brok underlined the benefits of the transatlantic free trade agreement (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated by the EU and the United States. Generally, he demanded that the EU must transfer its economic strength to the realm of foreign policy (from “global payer” to “global player”).
Following his presentation, Elmar Brok discussed with the audience and responded to the comments on his theses that had been submitted online.

Im Anschluss an seinen Vortrag diskutierte Elmar Brok mit den Gästen und nahm zudem zu Kommentaren, die Gäste vorab online zu seinen Thesen eingestellt hatten, Stellung.

The Keynote

Photo Credits: Philippe Veldeman/METRO GROUP

METRO Office EU Affairs

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METRO Office EU Affairs is the team in the Representative Office of METRO AG in Brussels. Brussels@metro.de