Past Editions

The State of the Union 2019

With the European elections taking place just weeks after the ninth edition, the focus was on “21st-Century Democracy in Europe”. The conference featured a range of discussions on the related challenges, including a debate amongst the then Spitzenkandidaten. Read more.




The State of the Union 2018

The 2018 edition had a special emphasis on “Solidarity in Europe”, an overarching theme relevant to European economic, monetary and fiscal policies, social investment, defence and security strategies, migration, climate change and energy programmes. Read more.




The State of the Union 2017

With Brexit, populism and the global refugee emergency looming on Europe’s future, speakers including Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier, Federica Mogherini and Werner Hoyer discussed what European citizenship means in the 21st century. Read more.




The State of the Union 2016

The 2016 edition was dedicated to “Women in Europe and the World”. A number of high-profile actors from politics, law, finance and economics met in a series of panels that brought together the worlds of politics and policy with those of academic research. Read more.




The State of the Union 2015

The conference’s fifth edition discussed in particular on the following four main topics: the establishment of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre; Europe’s place in the world; a new Schuman Declaration for the 21st century; and the impact of surveillance in Europe. Read more.




The State of the Union 2014

The 2014 conference saw Matteo Renzi return as Prime Minister to join discussions on the social and political model of Europe and the European elections. The event also included a live televised debate between European Commission presidency candidates. Read more.




The State of the Union 2013

The 2013 edition analysed the topics of “Institutions and Democratic Governance” and “Migration and Citizenship” through discussions coordinated by EUI academics and keynote speeches from Rosen Plevneliev, José Manuel Barroso and Mario Monti. Read more.




The State of the Union 2012

At the second edition of the conference we were joined by Mario Monti, Matteo Renzi and José Manuel Barroso to discuss  the challenges of globalisation and economic governance, addressing questions regarding the European sovereign debt crisis and EU energy policy. Read more.




The State of the Union 2011

The first edition welcomed to Florence political personalities, representatives from community institutions and national governments to explore the Lisbon Treaty, the implications of globalisation and financial stability during the Eurozone crisis, under the the umbrella of the Festival d’Europa. Read more.