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  • Events | 19 February, 2012 (08:36)

    A German or Chinese Europe?

    The euro crisis is transforming Europe and its standing in the world. In 2011, as Europe’s internal balance of power seemed to shift, many analysts saw Germany emerging as the EU’s unquestioned leader for the first time in its modern history. At the same time, Europe’s relationship with the rest of the world – especially with rising powers such as China – also changed as Europe sought their help in solving its crisis through contributions to the bail-out of individual countries through the European rescue fund (EFSF). As cash-strapped member states sought Chinese investment, a so-called “scramble for Europe” got underway. 2011 may come to be seen as a turning point for the EU. And many are asking: will the post-crisis Europe be German or Chinese?

    Join Friis Arne Petersen, Denmark’s  Ambassador to China; Carmen Cano de Lasala, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to The People’s Republic of China; Jonas Parello-Plesner from the European Council on Foreign Relations; and Hans Kundnani, editorial director at the European Council on Foreign Relations, for a panel discussion about various perspectives on relations between China and post-crisis Europe.

    DATE: Mar 1 (Thursday)
    TIME: 4:30-6:00pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, 1, Sanlitun Dongwu Jie – 中国北京三里屯东五街1号 – Tel: 8532 9900
    RESERVATION: at fcccadmin@gmail.com
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members

    Before his posting to Beijing, Friis Arne Petersen was Ambassador of Denmark to the United States. He holds a Master Degree in economics from University of Copenhagen and lectures and writes frequently on foreign policy.

    Carmen Cano de Lasala, currently the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to The People’s Republic of China, and previously the Deputy Director General of Continental Asia with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain, served from 2006-2010 as Counsellor for Political Affairs and head of the Cultural Department at the Spanish Embassy in China. She has also held government posts for Spain while in Romania, Ghana, and Ethiopia.

    Jonas Parello-Plesner is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served as Denmark’s Senior Advisor on China and North East Asia from 2005-2009.

    Hans Kundnani is editorial director at the European Council on Foreign Relations, joining in November 2009. Prior to this position, he was a journalist and continues to write for  publications including The Guardian, The Observer, Financial Times, Prospect and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of the book Utopia or Auschwitz. Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust (London/New York, 2009).