The Future is Now

A Changing Banking Sector

"We have to stop thinking in products and categories that we already know and that we are familiar with. We have to start thinking of new services that are closer to the customers’ daily needs”, stated Ulrich Coenen (Managing Director of Small and Business Clients, Commerzbank) during the opening event of the Finance Forum 2018. more…

Dr. Hardy Ostry | Event Reports | May 7, 2018

Imagine the new Western Balkans

Visit of Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Ms Ekaterina Zakharieva

It’s a stony path but let’s try to use this stones to build bridges not walls, underlined the Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zakharieva. ‘Imagine the new Western Balkans’ was the topic of the exclusive discussion with the Bulgarian Minister. On Thursday, 26th April the Bulgarian Minister spoke about the importance of the EU- and regional cooperation and encouraged the European Union (EU) and its decision makers to work closely together with the countries of the Western Balkans. more…

Dr. Hardy Ostry, Oliver Morwinsky | Event Reports | May 4, 2018

How to campaign for European elections in 2019

“We all know that it is our political party that can bring forward our continent”, Dara Murphy, EPP Vice-President and Election Campaign Director, declared at the dinner roundtable “Friends of Parliament” in the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Under the heading “How to campaign for European elections 2019” Murphy presented the election campaign the EPP will be pursuing over the next 15 months. He called for EPP policy leaders to aim for clear messaging and greater EU-wide focus in the elections. more…

Oliver Morwinsky, Dr. Hardy Ostry | Event Reports | March 26, 2018

Cross-party cooperation within the EPP

The Russian Factor

"We underestimated Russia politically and overestimated Russia economical-ly", stated Prof. Lien Verpoest, Director of the Centre for Russian Studies at the KU Leuven, during a workshop jointly organized by the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the KU Leuven. Under the heading “Cross-party cooperation within the EPP: The Russian Factor”, European policy makers and academic representatives came together at KADOC in Leuven in order to discuss the potential Russian influence on political agendas in the region. more…

Dr. Hardy Ostry, Oliver Morwinsky | Event Reports | March 16, 2018

Let's talk about security with MEP David McAllister

The European Union (EU) has to face numerous challenges in foreign affairs. International terrorism is on the rise, countries like Russia and China attract a lot of attention not only due to their economic and diplomatic influence in Europe, but especially due to their increasing military activity, and the EU has to fear worsening relations with its longstanding partner, the United States of America, if Trump fulfills his mission statement “America first”. more…

Dr. Hardy Ostry, Johanna Fleger | Event Reports | March 6, 2018