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Thu, 16 May


The Conduit


Part of our World Briefing Series looking at global elections in 2024.

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16 May 2024, 18:00 – 19:00

The Conduit, 6 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA, UK

About the event

The upcoming European Parliament elections in June hold immense significance, shaping the continent's political landscape amid resurging geopolitical tensions and in times when war is back on the continent. The elections are projected to see a significant rightward shift that could deeply influence EU policies on climate.

French President, Macron, recently, emphasized Europe's need for strategic decisions on defence and economic independence in response to external pressures from Russia, China, and a disengaging US. His call for a robust independent defence underscores the broader geopolitical tensions influencing these elections. We ask our speakers to assess how this pivotal moment could reshape the European Union.


Mujtaba Rahman leads and oversees Eurasia Group’s analytical and advisory work on Europe. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Mujtaba worked at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs and at the UK Treasury. He is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern Business School and Sciences-Po in Paris, as well as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.

Albana Kasapi, journalist, co-editor BBC World Service Weekend Programme.

Kim Sengupta, World Affairs Editor for The Independent. He has reported from conflicts across the globe including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, the Balkans, Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Kashmir, Israel, Gaza and Northern Ireland, as well as covering defence and diplomatic issues in the UK and abroad.

Moderated by Simon Wilson one of the BBC’s most experienced former bureau chiefs with postings in Washington, Jerusalem and Brussels.

This is an On Front Line event in collaboration with The Conduit London.


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