It is our pleasure to invite you to our online keynote event

Strategic Management of Global Interdependence from an EU Perspective


Maria Martin-Prat

Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

Wednesday, September 7, 5:30 – 6:30 pm CET/11:30 – 12:30 pm EST


Cora Jungbluth, Senior Expert China and Asia-Pacific, Bertelsmann Stiftung

This event launches our new hybrid series EU Strategic Toolbox Talks. In the Toolbox Talks, we will focus on existing and upcoming EU instruments aimed at managing critical dependencies and strengthening the EU’s sovereignty. These instruments form an important basis for fostering the EU’s capability to act in a global environment that is increasingly shaped by geopolitical tensions and systemic rivalries.

We will start the Toolbox Talks with this high-profile keynote to give an overview of recent global developments, such as the EU’s changing relationship with China, the consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine and the challenge to the rules-based international order in general. These developments have forced us to look at globalization, and thus economic interdependence, from a new perspective, leading the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to call for a “Geopolitical Commission”.

Specifically, we will address the following topics:

  • Assessment of EU external relations in the current geopolitical context and also against the background of Open Strategic Autonomy. What does that mean from an EU perspective?
  • Overview of the EU’s Trade Defence Toolbox: what has been achieved so far? What is still in the making?
  • Overview of proactive/positive tools of the EU: how can the EU foster closer cooperation with like-minded partners and strengthen the rules-based international order?
  • Can multilateralism survive in a “new” world order? What could its future role look like?
  • Outlook: What are the chances that the EU will be able to strategically manage its global interdependencies in the future in general, but especially with regard to the two big players, China and the United States, as well as its own neighbourhood? Are the instrument being developed now adequate and what else might be needed?

To attend the event please follow this LINK for your registration.

We are looking forward to your participation!

Mark C. Fischer