Turning point: The implications of Putin’s war for Europe’s economic and political choices

Commissioner Gentiloni will discuss the impact of the Russian aggression against Ukraine for the EU’s policy priorities in a range of areas. What must be done to ensure that the post-pandemic economic recovery is not derailed? How can we reduce our dependence on Russian oil and gas while maintaining our commitment to the climate transition? And what are the implications for European defence and the transatlantic alliance?

The panel includes Prof Petra Schleiter, Prof Andrea Ruggeri and Dr Matteo Garavoglia, and there will be a Q&A session at the end of the talk.

About the speaker:
Paolo Gentiloni has been European Commissioner for Economy since December 2019. He served as Prime Minister of Italy (2016-2018), Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (2014-2016), Member of the Italian Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (2013-2014) and Minister of Communications (2006-2008).

He was Spokesperson for the Margherita Party (2002-2007), Chairman of the Broadcasting Services Watchdog Committee (2005-2006), Spokesperson for the Mayor of Rome and Councillor in the City of Rome (1993-2000). Previously he worked as a professional journalist.

Born in 1954, Gentiloni graduated in Political Sciences from La Sapienza, Rome. His last book is “La sfida impopulista” (the (Un)populist challenge).