Anticipating a World Under Duress: Does Europe have a game plan?
(Jakarta, Dec 6, 2016) – Several unexpected occurences in the world, particularly what happened in Europe has raised various questions, predictions, and expectances from global citizens. Migration issue and the phenomenal leave of the United Kingdom are two things which then followed with a big question mark to EU. Aside from that, economic slow down, readjustment of powers, increased tensions in the Middle East also built great effect for European leaders to have a greater stance and act.
In cooperation between FPCI and Delegation of EU to Indonesia, a public discussion has held to specifically appoint European Union’s plan towards current global events. The event was attended by 350 guests including students, journalists, lecturers, Ambassadors, Corps Diplomatic, and government officials. Three insightful speakers were His Excellency Mr. Vincent Guerend, His Excellency Mr. Marty Natalegawa, and Ms. Desi Anwar with Mr. Dino Patti Djalal who passionately moderate the discussion.
As the first speaker, Mr. Vincent Guerend gave the perspective from European Union about the duress experienced by not only one or two, but almost all countries and international bodies. The fragile world nowadays demand a more confident and responsive European Union, with an outward and forward looking European foreign and security policy. Several key points stated by Ambassador Guerend as a comprehensive response to what happen todays. Those key points are; that Europeans must take greater responsibility of the EU Security; EU is committed to a global order based on international law, ensuring human rights, sustainable development and lasting access to the global commons; and, Investing in security and defence as a matter of urgency to build a stronger Union. For particular case in relations with Indonesia, Ambassador Guerend mentioned a focus on security with four details; deeper defence cooperation, counter violent extremism, focus on cyber security, and enhance strategic communications.
A valuable speech also delivered by H.E. Dr. Marty Natalegawa highlighted that we should be able to differentiate which conflict arose from internal affairs and which conflict effected by external affairs. He stated that the issues happening now needs to have complementary solutions because what Europe is facing must be contended with far more structurally paradigms.