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Events and audiovisual

On this page, you will find information on forthcoming and past events as well as audiovisual material from these events. The video recordings are made available on this page shortly after each event.

The Talking Europe video blog – whose original objective was and remains to showcase Europe-related research conducted at Birkbeck – is curated by the Jean Monnet Chair holder and will also be used to inform the wider public about activities organised under the auspices of this Monnet Chair.

Events to be held in 2021-22

View the events being held throughout the current academic year.

Online roundtable: 'German federal parliamentary elections of 26 September'

Online roundtable: 'Above political contestation? The protection of the rule of law in the EU'

Saturday School on parliamentary democracy and European integration for A-level pupils and their teachers

The Future of European Engagement in Afghanistan

  • Date and time: 20 January 2022, 4pm UK time
  • Speakers:
    • Andreas von Brandt - EU Ambassador to Afghanistan
    • Mary-Ellen McGroarty - Representative and Country Director for WFP in Afghanistan
    • Michael Keating - Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace (EIP), an independent body partnering with the European Union and European states as a resource to promote and provide practical support for more effective approaches to conflict prevention, resolution and mediation
    • Orzala Nemat - Director, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.
  • Co-organisers:

2nd annual Monnet lecture - 'Europe: a utopian project whose inevitable destiny is failure?'

Architecture and the institutions of the EU

Past events

Events held during the 2020-21 academic year.

The UK, the EU and parliamentary democracy

  • Saturday school for Politics and Government A-level teachers and their pupils
  • This event took place on Saturday 9 January 2021.

Inaugural Jean Monnet lecture

  • Delivered by Ms Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman. EU accountability: an Ombudsman perspective
  • This event took place on Tuesday 23 February 2021.
  • Ms Emily O'Reilly was first elected by the European Parliament in 2013 and re-elected in 2014 and 2019 - has been instrumental in improving transparency in EU decision making and promoting higher ethical standards in EU administration. We are delighted that she agreed to give the inaugural Jean Monnet lecture.
  • Watch the inaugural Jean Monnet lecture.

Reform inside Economic and Monetary Union and the limits of parliamentary government: the case of Greece

  • This high-level roundtable involving senior practitioners and academics took place on Thursday 25 February 2021.
  • Speakers:
    • Mr Declan Costello, Deputy Director General, DG ECFIN, European Commission
    • Ms Georgette Lalis, European Commission (ret.), former deputy head of the Athens office of the European Commission’s Task Force for Greece
    • Dr George Chouliarakis, Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard University and former Alternate Finance Minister in the second Tsipras government (2015-2019)
    • Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Chair, London School of Economics and Political Science. 
  • The event was chaired by Dr D. G. Dimitrakopoulos, holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in Parliamentary Democracy and European Integration at Birkbeck.
  • Watch the roundtable.