The Civic Roundtable

In Europe, several key national challenges, as well as our responses to these challenges, have cross-border causes and consequences. We also witness a constellation of events which reminds us that the achievements of Europe are, in turn, facing an unprecedented challenge and are in need of an honest reassessment.

The Civic Roundtable is a programme with a pan-European vocation and participation, emerging as one response to these dynamics. It is run by the European School of Politics in Istanbul, in close co-operation with the Council of Europe and the network of Schools of Political Studies. The Roundtable comprises 30 fellows, and offers them a platform to study trends and challenges, to experiment with various ways to forge better civics across Europe and beyond, and to start building a peer resource network through a multitude of interactions.

Fellows of the Roundtable will meet in Berlin on 2-4 May, and then again in Strasbourg on 16-17 June 2016. In Berlin, the fellows will discuss prospects of inclusive economic growth, trends related to inequality and social mobility, Europe’s role in the world, migration challenges and the associated changes to social capital and the social contract, and a European teleology which can help guide us into the future.



9:30 – 10:30

Opening and Introductions


Governance Debates in Europe

Ivan Krastev


12:30 – 14:00

Working Lunch: How can Europe master various fundamental crises and still move ahead as a process?

Joschka Fischer

14:00 – 15:45

Europe in the World

Nathalie Tocci

16:00 – 17:45

A European Teleology?

Kalypso Nicolaides


17:45 – 18:00

Daily Evaluation

9:30 – 13:00

How do groups work best?

with Hakan Altınay and Planning of the Report for the Secretary


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:45

Prospects for Inclusive Growth

Daniel Gros

16:00 – 17:45

Global Inequality: Empirical Analysis and Political Options

Branko Milanovic

17:45 – 18:00

Daily Evaluation

9:00 – 10:45

Europe Entrapped 2016

Claus Offe

11:00 – 12:45

Trends and Policies around Migration

Grete Brochmann

12:45 – 13:30

Farewell Lunch



Dinner ||  @Restaurant Piano 2 (18 Rue St Hélène)


Matjaž Gruden, Director of Policy Planning of the Council of Europe

Review of the outcome of the Berlin Session
Hakan Altınay, Director of the Boğaziçi European School of Politics in Istanbul




Human rights and realpolitik: A dialogue of the deaf?
Public Debate with Rama Yade, French politician, former Secretary of State

16:45 – 18:00

Trends in respect of constitutional issues and the work of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
Meeting with Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission

Free Evening


The crisis in the Middle East

Debate with David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times


Evaluation and follow-up

11:30 – 12:00

Conclusions and closing of the Civic Roundtable

SPEAKEARS || Berlin Session


Grete Brochmann is Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She has published several books and articles on International migration; sending and receiving country perspectives, EU policies, welfare state dilemmas as well as historical studies on immigration. She has served as a visiting scholar in Brussels, Berkeley and Boston. In 2002, she held the Willy Brandt visiting professorship in Malmo, Sweden. She is currently head of a governmental commission on long-term consequences of comprehensive immigration.


SPEAKERS || Strasbourg Session


Daniel Gros has been the Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000. Among other current activities, he serves as adviser to the European Parliament and is a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) and the Euro 50 Group of eminent economists. He has held past positions at the IMF and the European Commission, and served as advisor to several governments, including the UK and the US at the highest level. He is editor of Economie Internationale and International Finance. Daniel Gros holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and is the author of several books and numerous articles in scientific journals. His main areas of expertise are the European Monetary Union, macroeconomic policy, economics of transition to a market economy, public finance, banking and financial markets.


Joschka Fischer is a German politician of the Alliance ’90/The Greens. He served as Foreign Minister and as Vice Chancellor of Germany in the cabinet of Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005. Fischer has been a leading figure in the West German Greens since the 1970s. Following the September 2005 election, Fischer left office on November 22, 2005.

From September 2006 until 2007, Joschka Fischer was a Senior Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, and as a visiting professor at Princeton University co-taught with Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. On 15 September 2010 Fischer supported the new initiative Spinelli Group, which was founded to reinvigorate efforts towards federalisation of the European Union.


Ivan Krastev is the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His books in English are Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest (UPenn Press, May 2014); In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (TED Books, 2013); The Anti-American Century, co-edited with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (CEU Press, 2004). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.


Branko Milanovic is Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York and Senior Fellow at Luxembourg Income Study; was lead economist at the World Bank Research Department for almost 20 years and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. Milanovic’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally, as well as historically, among pre-industrial societies. His new book Global inequality: a new approach for the age of globalization deals with economic and political issues of globalisation, including the redefinition of the “Kuznets cycles”, and is to be published in April 2016.


Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Oxford. She was previously an associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is Chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. In 2012-2013, she was Emile Noel-Straus Senior Fellow at NYU Law School (2012-2013). In 2008-2010, she was a member of the Gonzales reflection group on the future of Europe 2030 set up by the European Council. She also served as an advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Dutch Government in 2004, the UK Government, the European Parliament, the European Commission, OECD and UNCTAD. She has published widely on international relations, global governance, trade ethics, law and democracy promotion, as well as the internal and external aspects of European integration in numerous journals. Her last books are Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies, Normative Power Europe Revisited and European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Context. She is a graduate of Sciences-Po (1982) and received her PhD from Harvard in 1993.


Claus Offe was Professor of Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance until 2015. He completed his PhD at the University of Frankfurt and his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz. In Germany, he held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at Humboldt-University of Berlin (1995-2005). He worked as a fellow and a visiting professor at, among others, the Institutes for Advanced Study in Stanford, Princeton, and the Australian National University as well as Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the New School University, New York. He made substantive contributions to understanding the relationships between democracy and capitalism. His recent work has focused on economies and states in transition to democracy.


Nathalie Tocci is Deputy Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali, Editor of The International Spectator and Special Adviser to EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini, in charge of outreaching to think tanks and co-ordination of work on a new European Security Strategy. She is an honorary professor at the University of Tübingen. Previously she held research positions at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, the Transatlantic Academy, Washington and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence. Her research interests include European foreign policy, conflict resolution, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Her major publications include Turkey and the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (co-author); Multilateralism in the 21st Century, London and New York, Routledge, 2013 (co-editor), Turkey’s European Future: Behind the Scenes of America’s Influence on EU-Turkey Relations, New York and London, New York University Press, 2011 (author); The EU and Conflict Resolution, Routledge, London, 2007 (author); and EU Accession Dynamics and Conflict Resolution: Catalyzing Peace or Consolidating Partition in Cyprus?, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2004, (author). Nathalie is the 2008 winner of the Anna Lindh award for the study of European Foreign Policy.

Nathalie is the 2008 winner of the Anna Lindh award for the study of European Foreign Policy.


Gianni Buquicchio is the President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), serving a third mandate. Previously, he enjoyed a long career at the Council of Europe (1971-2009), where he was responsible for a number of intergovernmental committees dealing with administrative law, international law, free movement of persons, data protection etc. He contributed to the harmonisation of European law by preparing a large number of international treaties and recommendations. He was also responsible for the Conferences of European Ministers of Justice and for the Legal Advisor and Treaty Office of the Council of Europe. He contributed to the successful establishment (1990) and the development of the Venice Commission by ensuring the conception and follow-up of projects concerning constitutional reforms and the setting up of democratic institutions within Europe and beyond. He was awarded a Doctorate of Law at Bari University in 1968 where he lectured in international public law until 1971.


David Gardner is International Affairs Editor at the Financial Times, which he joined in 1978. He has been Chief Leader Writer, Middle East Editor, and an FT correspondent in Europe, Latin America and South Asia. He writes columns, commentary and analysis, mainly on the Middle East.


Matjaž Gruden is Director of Policy Planning of the Council of Europe. He previously served as Deputy Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2009-2014). He has been Special Advisor, Spokesperson and Speechwriter of the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General (2005-2009). He has also been Secretary of the Monitoring Committee and of the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1995-2005). Prior to his career at the Council of Europe he was a diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the EU (1993-1995) and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia (1992-1993). He holds a BA degree in International Law and International Human Rights Law from the Law Faculty of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia as well as a Post-graduate degree in EU Law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.


Thorbjørn Jagland is the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe. He was the President of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) from 2005 to 2009. He is a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize every year. He has held two of the most influential governmental positions in Norway: Prime Minister (1996-97) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2001). After serving as Foreign Minister, he was Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the enlarged Foreign Affairs Committee in the Storting for four years (2001-2005). He also served as Chairman of the EEA Consultative Committee during this period (2000-2005). In addition, he has held a number of other parliamentary positions, such as head of the Storting’s Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament for six years. He was a member of the Storting for 15 years. Mr Jagland was Leader of the Norwegian Labour Party for ten years (1992-2002) and Party Secretary of the Labour Party for five years (1987-1992). He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights, and Member of the International Board of Governors at the Peres Center for Peace. He served as Vice-President of the Socialist International 1999-2008, and Chair of the Social International Middle East Committee from 2000 to 2006. He was a member of the Sharm El-Sheikh Fact-finding Commission (The Mitchell Commission) from 2000 to 2001. Over the last 20 years, Mr Jagland has published widely on a range of issues, in particular on European and international affairs. He has published four books in Norway: My European Dream (1990), Letters (1995), Our Vulnerable World (2001) and Ten Theses on the EU and Norway (2003). He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Oslo (1975).


Rama Yade is a French politician. She started her political career as an administrator in the Senate in 2002. In 2005, she joined the Union for a Popular Movement and a year later became the National Secretary in charge of Francophonie. She was the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights (2007-2009) before moving to the post of Secretary of State for Sports (2009-2010). In December 2010, she was appointed as a French ambassador to UNESCO and resigned in July 2011. She left the Union for a Popular Movement in April 2011 and joined a centrist party Union of Democrats and Independents. Rama Yade graduated from Sciences Po Paris in 2000.