India and the European Union – a partnership with obstacles. Only a few days ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated during her visit to New Delhi that both partners should stand up for a cooperative and multilateral international system. Yet, the negotiations for a free trade agreement have been dragging on for years. Can the emerging power from South Asia and the EU join forces on the global scene – and if so how and in which fields? An international experts’ workshop held at the University of Wuerzburg and a public lecture on November 20 will tackle these very questions.
Under the title “In the Light of the EU’s Global Strategy: India and the European Union – Joining Forces on the Global Scene?“, researchers will debate the foundations, perspectives, and global ambitions of EU-India relations from November 20 to 22. International experts will present their work in several panels which revolve around the topics of climate policy, development cooperation, security, and economic relations.
On Wednesday, November 20, a public keynote lecture will take place in the Würzburg Residence’s “Toscanasaal”. Dr Giovanni Grevi, Head of the Europe in the World Programme at European Policy Centre in Brussels, will speak on the matter of “Europe in the World. Strategic Autonomy and Partnership”. The lecture will start at 8:00 pm.
The workshop is organized by the Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology. Jean Monnet professor Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet and her team have been cooperation with Jean Monnet professor Ummu Salma Bava (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) for several years. Their common research project “Foundations of the Indo-European Strategic Partnership” and the workshop are sponsored by the European Commission as part of their Jean Monnet activity, as well as by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).