E-talk with Ricardo Borges de Castro: ''World in Transition: is the European Union ready for the 21st Century?''

Can a 20th-century bureaucracy made up of intra- and inter-institutional policy silos and vertical decision-making structures, subject to 27 different national interests, manage Europe’s transition into a new decade shaped by constant crisis and resource scarcity?Today, the European Union’s role in the world is framed by three main elements: long-term structural changes to the international system; global trends that impact Europe’s power and influence; and the frontier domains that spring from the interplay between these structural factors and global trends. It is in these open fields – geovalues, geopolitics, geoeconomics, geotech, geoconnectivity and geosphere – defined by rivalry, competition, and cooperation that Europe’s destiny can be mastered.The six frontier domains bring up important questions for the EU and its member states. Managing the many parallel transitions Europe faces and navigating the different frontier domains in a state of permacrisis requires changes and reform at EU level. Tough decisions will have to be made about what the Union can or should do as a priority. Finally, it questions the role that the EU should have on the international stage.

Target audience

EU policymaking community, EU institutions, research and academia, national authorities, international Organisations. 

Learning objectives

  • Learn about modern EU policymaking by exploring various highly relevant topics and innovative approaches
  • Learn from the expertise of world-class academics, journalists and thinkers

03 Feb 2022
03 Feb 2022

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Ricardo Borges de Castro

Associate Director and Head of Europe in the World Programme

European Policy Centre

Ricardo holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School and a DPhil (PhD)