Where does Europe end?

Tue. May 28, 6:30PM

Where does Europe end?

Join us for an engaging discussion on the Balkans and the European Union’s enlargement with Philippe Hermes, a security expert, and Branislav Stanicek, a political analyst. A conversation moderated by Paul Adamson.

As the European Union elections approach, our focus shifts to one of the pivotal topics of these elections: the European Union’s enlargement to the Balkans. This conversation sheds light on the significance of the Balkans, a region that mirrors Europe's diversity and underscores its integration challenges.

In a conversation moderated by Paul Adamson, Philippe Hermes and Branislav Stanicek, two authorities on Balkan dynamics, will delve into this critical issue. Philippe Hermes, with his rich experience as a military observer and commanding officer, offers a keen insight into the security complexities and geopolitical intricacies of the region. Branislav Stanicek, noted for his academic exploration of the Balkans and its essential role in the EU's integration efforts, provides a comprehensive analysis of the socio-political ties binding the Balkans to the broader European project.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Balkans and its implications for the future of the European Union. 


Branislav Stanicek

Branislav Stanicek is principal administrator and analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the think tank of the European Parliament in Brussels covering EU enlargement and neighbourhood policy. Previously he held various positions at the European Commission, the European Committee of the Regions and the Foundation for Political Innovation in Paris. He studied political science at Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris I), geopolitics at Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and international public law at Harvard University. He is co-author of the Normandy Peace Index, which won the 2023 Forbes Social Award for best initiative in public policy for its strong ethical message and robust communication strategy. In 2018, he initiated establishment of the European Diplomatic Academy, the first pilot phase of which was successfully concluded in 2022/23.


Philippe Hermes

Philippe Hermes is a qualified advocate and advises international public organisations and the private sector pertaining security affairs, governance, and the rule of law. He served as staff officer (res) and acted as legal advisor and civil-military expert with different NATO headquarters. In 2023/24, he was deployed as commanding officer of a liaison and observation element as part of the operation ALTHEA of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Paul Adamson

Paul Edward Adamson is the founder/publisher of the online magazine Encompass, chairman of Forum Europe and Forum Global and chairman of the EU-UK Forum. He is on the board of the Centre for European Reform and Rand Europe's Council of Advisors. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2012 and Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government in 2016.
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Place Poelaert, 6
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Detailed program

Tue. May 28, 6:30PM
Conference and Q&A
Tue. May 28, 7:00PM
Tue. May 28, 8:00PM
Tue. May 28, 9:00PM