European Union

Massimo D'Alema: Italy, Europe, and the Left

Massimo D'Alema

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with former Prime Minister of Italy, Massimo D'Alema, about the state of politics in Italy, the changing role of parties of the left, and his views on the importance of European unity.

KEYWORDS: Italy, Prime Ministers.

Mark Leonard: What Does China Think?

Mark Leonard

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Mark Leonard, Executive Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion of the ideas that are influencing the domestic and foreign policy debates in China. Through a careful examination of what Chinese intellectuals have to say on topics such as democracy, economy, and international relations, Leonard finds distinctive Chinese worldviews. The West must understand the contours of these debates to effectively address China's rise because they offer important insights into how China will use its enormous power to shape...

Margot Wallstrom: Communication as a Tool for European Democracy

Margot Wallstrom

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Margot Wallstrom, Vice President of the European Commission, for a discussion of the European Union's communication strategy. Reflecting on her experiences in Swedish politics and in the private sector, she discusses the ways that the communications revolution can enhance European democracy.


Luc Walleyn: Humanitarian Law

Luc Walleyn

Belgian human rights lawyer Luc Walleyn discusses the evolution of human rights law in the European Union and the implications of universal jurisdiction for international law.

Keywords: War Crimes; Humanitarian Law

Olli Rehn: The Political Economy of the European Response to the 2008 Economic Collapse

Olli Rehn

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission, for a discussion of Europe's response to the 2008 Economic Collapse. Topics covered include a comparison of the U.S. and European institutional situation at the time of the Lehman collapse and the divergence of response; Europe's complex institutional structure; why political/economic analysis is necessary for understanding Europe's policy making; why timing, power and sequencing of priorities are so consequential; the role of the commission and its goals; the use of language in...

Guenter Burghardt: The European Union and Transatlantic Relations

Guenter Burghardt

Ambassador Dr. Guenter Burghardt, who is the head of the delegation of the European Commission to Washington, D.C., joins host Harry Kreisler to talk about the European Union and transatlantic relations.

Key Words: Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy, European Union

Anita Gradin: Securing the Rights of Women

Anita Gradin

Harry Kreisler, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, in a conversation with Ambassador Anita Gradin, former European Union Commissioner from Sweden.

KEYWORDS: Sweden, Gender, Inequality.