The meeting was dedicated to the current situation in Europe and the future of the European Union with guest speakers: Krzysztof Blusz, Vice-President of WiseEuropa Insitute; Prof. Leszek Jesień, Collegium Civitas University and PhD Filip Skawiński, Policy Analyst, European Commission Representation in Poland. The panel was moderated by Tony Housh, AmCham Chairman.
This will be a critical year for Europe as the region faces many complex challenges. After the longest economic recession in its history, the European Union will need to get a handle on its problems, and quickly, and this will be no easy task. The lack of solidarity between EU members is visible in their inability to formulate a common solution to the large number of refugees arriving at Europe's borders. The terrorist attacks in Brussels have again raised questions about the values of European society and of decisiveness in foreign policy. Besides, the Brexit campaign is in full swing and Britain’s vote on whether to remain in the EU will be a crucial point for Europe. The United Kingdom strengthens Europe’s influence in matters of trade, foreign policy and defence. Leaving would not only mean political and economic disruption for Britain, but the EU as a whole.