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EU-India Relations in 2021
Taking Stock of the Strategic Partnership before the Porto Summit

Expert Webinar & Book Launch

In the expert webinar on 22 April 2021, the editors and contributors to the new book "EU-India Relations – The Strategic Partnership in the Light of the European Union Global Strategy" offered different perspectives on EU-India relations in 2021 and discussed the state of the strategic partnership. You can now re-watch the webinar in full.

After welcome remarks and a short presentation of the new book "EU-India Relations" by Philipp Gieg and Manuel Pietzko, Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service, and Ambassador Ugo Astuto, Delegation of the European Union to India, delivered keynote speeches. Afterwards, three short talks by Dhanasree Jayaram, Nicolas Köhler-Suzuki and Patryk Kugiel cast spotlights on the state of the EU-India partnership in three policy fields: climate policy, trade, and multilateralism. Finally, the whole panel discussed the state of EU-India relations in 2021.

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  • Welcome Remarks and Presentation of the Book “EU-India Relations”
    Philipp Gieg, Timo Lowinger, Manuel Pietzko and Anja Zürn (University of Würzburg)
  • Keynote Speeches
    • The EU-India Relations in Light of the European Union Global Strategy
      Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service (Recorded Video Message)
    • EU-India Strategic Roadmap 2025 – Implementing the Agenda
      Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan
  • Three Perspectives on EU-India Relations before the Porto Summit
    • India-EU Climate Diplomacy: Time to Move Up a Gear
      Dhanasree Jayaram (Manipal Academy of Higher Education)
    • The EU-India BTIA: Still Waiting after all those Years
      Nicolas Köhler-Suzuki (International Trade Intelligence, Paris)
    • Can the EU and India Save the International Liberal Order?
      Patryk Kugiel (Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw)
  • Panel Discussion: EU-India Relations in 2021
    Moderators: Ummu Salma Bava (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet (University of Würzburg)
    • Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Stockholm
    • Stefania Benaglia CEPS Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels
    • Philipp Gieg, University of Würzburg, Germany
    • Dhanasree Jayaram, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), India
    • Kirsten Jörgensen, Free University of Berlin
    • Sangeeta Khorana, Bournemouth University, UK
    • Nicolas Köhler-Suzuki, International Trade Intelligence, Paris
    • Patryk Kugiel, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw
    • Timo Lowinger, University of Würzburg, Germany
    • Axel Nordenstam, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Stockholm
    • Manuel Pietzko, University of Würzburg, Germany
    • Siddharth Tripathi, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin
    • Pascaline Winand, College of Europe at Natolin, Warsaw
    • Neil Winn, University of Leeds
    • Anja Zürn, University of Würzburg, Germany

The Book

EU-India Relations – The Strategic Partnership in the Light of the European Union Global Strategy
Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Manuel Pietzko / Anja Zürn / Ummu Salma Bava / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet (eds.)

This timely book scrutinises the status quo and the future potential of revitalised EU-India relations. By ex-ploring and analysing conceptual approaches to and key dimensions of the strategic partnership, including trade, climate policy and development cooperation, it evaluates the prospects for future cooperation. Lastly, it offers policy recommendations for advancing the partnership between India and the EU.

Published in 2021 by Springer · 377 pages · ISBN: 978-3-030-65044-5

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