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The battle of value in Europe — should we accept, understand or fight?
As part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, Krogerup Højskole, in collaboration with New Europe, opens the doors to an exciting debate evening: The battle of value in Europe – should we accept, understand or fight? Do we have common values in Europe, or is it something that has been created by some to get others to align? It is a question many ask themselves after the flourishing of fierce ideological and value divisions in Europe, between Western Europe in particular and parts of Central and Eastern Europe. Within the individual Member States, most countries are divided in value policy. But should we agree on the fundamental values? What value battles are unfolding right now? Which value battles are the biggest in today’s EU? Do we all need to be democratic countries with independent judicial systems? And should we accept that countries have different starting points and understanding of values, or do we have to fight to ensure that fundamental values are fully and firmly respected by all Member States? For the event you can meet: Pernille Weiss was elected to the European Parliament of the Conservative People’s Party on 26 May 2019. In the European Parliament, Pernille Weiss sits in the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) and is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). She is also a substitute member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). Karen Melchior was elected to the European Parliament of Radikale Venstre on 26 May 2019. In the European Parliament, Karen Melchior sits in the Renew Europe Group and is a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). She is also a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA). Regitze Helene Rohlfing is a PhD student at the Department of Political Science (Center for European Policy) and iCourts at the Faculty of Law. Her research is in the field of political science and law, with a focus on how civil society can mobilise against and influence democratic development in Central and Eastern Europe, and how interaction with the EU – both the political and legal framework – can influence this. Thus, Regitze’s research focus is on various relevant aspects of democracy theory, civil society and social movements, as well as European courts and legal integration. The project is both empirical and theoretically driven, in what it examines and discusses how to define and conceptualise the relationship between civil society and democratic development based on how this is done in Hungary and Poland. Anna Courbin is a second year political science student, former Krogerup pupil and part of New Europe youth. Anna has debated the future of Europe with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Kanseler Angela Merkel, but she is driven by changes below, and particularly supports activists in Europe pressed by their governments, such as the Polish women. The autumn’s nationwide events on the EU are part of the ‘Denmark debate on the future of Europe’, which is supported by Europe-Name and is a collaboration between Europa-Nomnet, DEO, the European Movement, New Europe and the People’s Movement against the EU in cooperation with local partners.
Krogerupvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk
Event reportThe event was an evening of debate with the top theme ‘The Valuation Battle in Europe – should we accept, understand or fight?’ and took place in a hall at Krogerup Højskole with about 80 students. The debate started with an introduction to the programme by Julie Rosenkilde (New Europe). After this, Julie briefly explained on New Europe and on the Conference on the Future of Europe; a place where politicians can be affected and a place where everyone can write their idea. Julie then presented Regitze Helene Rohlfing, who made a presentation on democracies in decline in Europe. Overall, her point is that there is a gloomy picture across the EU when interrogating with civil society and EU activists. After presentation, the rest of the panel was introduced, which in addition to Regitze consisted of MEP Pernille Weiss (Konservative), MEP Karen Melchior (SF) and Anna Courbin. Mads Philipsen (Krogerup Folk High School) was moderator and asked questions. After the debate, the students themselves had many questions for the panel. The questions focused on the mechanisms and instruments used in the European Union to eliminate illiberal democracies. After the questions, the students were sent out for co-creation and idea generation which was picked up afterwards. For rounding, students had devised many more questions and ideas that were reversed and discussed. These are reported below as ‘Ideas from the event’.
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