Jim Kolbe, former Congressman and Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
- Guy Verhofstadt, Chair, The ALDE Group and Chief Brexit Negotiator, The European Parliament
Indira Lakshmanan, Washington Columnist, Boston Globe and Contributor, POLITICO Magazine
Europe faces numerous trials, including the ongoing economic and migrant crises, increased Russian influence in Europe, the threat of violent extremism, and the rise of populism across the continent. With the U.K. voting to leave the EU last year, some question how the EU will survive. How can the EU change to better mitigate and manage these threats? Should the EU become more federal? With these questions in mind, and a focus of his recently published book Europe’s Last Chance, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress (EPLO) with the support of the ALDE Group invite you to a discussion with Leader of the Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament, Brexit Negotiator, and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt. Former Congressman and GMF Senior Transatlantic Fellow Jim Kolbe will provide an introduction, and Washington Columnist for The Boston Globe and Contributor to POLITICO Magazine Indira Lakshmanan will moderate the discussion.
Jim Kolbe currently serves as a senior transatlantic fellow for GMF. He advises on trade matters as well as issues of effectiveness of U.S. assistance to foreign countries, on U.S.-EU relationships, and on migration and its relationship to development. In addition to his work with GMF, Kolbe serves on the board of counselors McLarty Associates and is president of JTKConsulting, which represents the interests of Arizona clients to the United States Congress. Kolbe serves as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Republican Institute, and is a member of the boards of directors for Freedom House, the Institute for Science and Global Policy, the Project on Middle East Democracy. For 22 years, Kolbe served in the U.S. House of Representatives, elected for 11 consecutive terms, from 1985 to 2007. He represented the Eighth (previously designated the Fifth) congressional district, comprising the southeastern part of Arizona with Tucson as the main center of population.
Guy Verhofstadt has been a member of the European Parliament and chair of the ALDE Group (Group of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) since 2009. From 1999 to 2008, he served as prime minister of Belgium, and in 2001, he served as president of the Council of the European Union. Prior to this, Guy served as deputy prime minister and minister for the budget, scientific research, and the plan from 1985-88, member of the Senate from 1995-99, and member of the Chamber of Representatives from 1978-95. He has served in the Ghent City Council, and received a law degree from the University of Ghent. He is author of the recently published book Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union.
Indira Lakshmanan is a Washington columnist for The Boston Globe, writing about foreign policy and politics, and a contributor to POLITICO Magazine. She has covered presidential campaigns and interviewed leaders in the U.S. and around the world, reporting from 80 countries on six continents. She traveled regularly with Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for Bloomberg News, and interviewed Clinton more than a dozen times for Bloomberg TV, Radio, and Businessweek. For two years, she wrote a "Letter from Washington" column for the International Herald Tribune, the overseas edition of The New York Times, and Bloomberg. Indira is a frequent contributor to TV and radio, and has been a guest host for NPR programs including "Weekend Edition," "The Diane Rehm Show" and "Here and Now," and for shows on WGBH-TV and Bloomberg TV. Indira graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and did graduate study at Oxford University as a Rotary Scholar. In 2003, she was awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard.
GMF’s Transatlantic Talks series pairs high-level government officials from one side of the Atlantic with journalists or senior experts from the other side to discuss the issues most relevant to the transatlantic community. The wide-ranging series centers on foreign and security policy issues and questions immediately facing the transatlantic partnership. The on-the-record discussion format provides a platform for a moderated back-and-forth conversation between government officials, journalists, and the policy/think-tank community. You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #GMFTTalk.
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