Conference Strategic Streams 2019: Elections for the European Parliament and the Future of Europe
The International Conference Strategic Streams 2019 – Elections for the European Parliament and the Future of Europe, organized by the Forum for Strategic Studies (FORST) and chaired by FORST President Dr. Neven Cvetićanin, was held in Belgrade on Friday, June 14, 2019.
The Conference discussed the elections for the European Parliament, which took place from 23 to 26 May 2019, and which were assessed in analytical and diplomatic circles as key and crucial for the future of the European Union. For a long time, some elections for the European Parliament did not attract so much attention, which is a consequence of the fact that they took place in specific geopolitical circumstances marked by conflicts of interest between global geopolitical powers (USA, China, Russia) and various global ideological narratives (liberal vs. populist), which all together reflected on the processes in Europe and the European Union.
The conference was organized a few weeks after the end of the EU elections, when their results were already known, in order to consider the possibilities for various European political groups to form a majority for the election of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and other European institutions. The aim of the Conference was to consider these possibilities, as well as to offer predictions of what possible different post-election scenarios in the formation of European institutions mean for the future of the European Union and Europe as a whole.