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“The State of the Union” conference


The State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union (EU) and the world. Since 2016 FMA members and Presidents have been actively participating to the yearly conference.

The 2019 edition of The State of the Union took place last weekend and had a special emphasis on 21st-Century Democracy in Europe, a theme of particular relevance in the run-up to the European elections at the end of May 2019.
Expert speakers representing a broad range of organisations, countries and views participated to debate and reflected on the democratic functioning of the European Union, its member states, and their capacity to respond to the aspirations and needs of future generations. FMA President Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering, Monica Baldi FMA member, who oversees our ties with the EUI in Florence, and Former EP and FMA President Enrique Barón Crespo attended the conference and participated in the debates.


Dr Hans Gert Pöttering participated to the panel, Do we really need politicians? E-democracy vs. representative democracy, on Thursday 2nd of May.
The questions this panel addressed were: What are the remedies to this trust crisis? Should we accept the end of political intermediaries and invest in the “horizontal” dimension of democracy by expanding direct participation and edemocracy? Or should we fix politics by improving the selection and incentives of elected officials?

Watch the Panel discussion below:


You can also relive the Spitzenkandidaten Debate below: