What did we do in Europe? It is the question that is expected to José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero meets next Friday in Brussels. The former Prime Minister will participate in a discussion of the conference “Reinventing Europe” organized by the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur and will pass-or back for the first time by the EU capital, in the case of Zapatero many of the protagonists of the last decades of European and the crisis that has threatened to blow up the project. Zapatero participate in a discussion with former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who just agreed a few weeks as head of government, and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, one of the most ardent supporters of the creation of the United States Europe.
From 10 to 12 October in the halls of Bozar, also known as the Palace of Fine Arts of Belgium, will cross political figures as Felipe González (intervenes on Thursday), former French President Valery Giscard D’Estaing and Jacques Delors, who will talk about what went wrong in Europe, economists such as Paul de Grauwe and Thomas Piketty to discuss if liberalism and financial deregulation have killed the project or U.S. diplomats as Peter Galbraith, the Finnish Nobel Peace Prize Martti Ahtisaari and former minister Frenchman Hubert Vedrine to discuss under the suggestive title of “European diplomacy: A scheduled disaster?”
In total, 30 debates, with 100 interventions over three days. In the conference call, the weekly remembers something somewhat redundant, both Monti and Verhofstadt Zapatero as “a government headed moments during the last crisis experienced by the EU”, which the public will have very present Brussels Friday. It will be the first time that Zapatero intervene in Brussels since leaving the Moncloa. “We hope very vivid discussions on the state of emergency that crosses the European continent,” says Laurent Joffrin, director of Le Nouvel Observateur .