School of Transnational Governance

Leaders Beyond The State

‘Leaders Beyond the State’ is an oral history project organised by the EUI School of Transnational Governance, the Department of History and Civilization and the Historical Archives of the European Union.

The Presidents and Prime Ministers of the European Union’s Member States are well-known to their electorates. As transnational leaders, the Presidents of the European institutions have historically had a rather more distant relationship to their constituents. Yet, they have nonetheless held a seat of power and guided a political community through successes, challenges and crises.

Over the coming months and years, former European Union Presidents will visit the EUI to record their rich experiences as leaders in transnational government. Each President will privately record reflections on their time in office as part of an oral history project on the history of European integration at the Historical Archives of the European Union. They will also deliver a public lecture and respond to questions.

The events are open to all, but please register.

 Leaders Beyond the State, 2017/2018

Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament (2007-2009)


Date: 12 December 2017
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Moderator: Tonia Mastrobuoni | Berlin correspondent, La Repubblica 

Interviewers:

Birgit Asa | PhD Researcher, Department of Law

Julia Schulte-Cloos | PhD Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences

Benedetto Zaccaria | Research Associate, Department of History and Civilization

 Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (2003-2011)


Date: 16 February 2017
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Moderator: Pierre Briançon | Politico Europe, Chief Economics Correspondent

Interviewers:

Agnieszka Smoleńska | Researcher from the Department of Law

Dr. Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol | Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Jonas Huus Ervik | Researcher from the Department of Political and Social Sciences

Dr. Alexandra Fotiou | Max Weber Fellow, Department of Economics 

 José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014)


Date: 20 April 2018
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Moderator: Florian Eder | Politico Europe, Managing Editor

Interviewers:

Mirjam Dagefoerde | Max Weber Fellow, Department of Political and

Social Sciences, EUI

Silvia Sassano | Alcide De Gasperi Fellow, Department of History and

Civilization, EUI

Anna Krisztián | Researcher, Department of Law, EUI

João Carlos Brogueira De Sousa | Research Associate, Robert Schuman

Centre for Advanced Studies and Researcher, Department of Economics, EUI

 Josep Borrell, President of the European Parliament (2004-2007)


Date: 31 May 2018
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Moderator: Tony Barber | Europe Editor, Financial Times

Interviewers:

Hanna Kleider | Max Weber Fellow, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI

Andi Shehu | Researcher, Department of History and Civilization, EUI

Maria-José Schmidt Kessen | Researcher, Department of Law, EUI

Alessandro D’Alfonso | EU Fellow, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies

Leaders Beyond the State, 2018-2019

Vassilios Skouris, President of the European Court of Justice (2003-2015)


Date: 25 September 2018
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Moderator: Miles Johnson | Rome Correspondent, Financial Times

Interviewers:

Hannah Mirjam Adzakpa | Department of Law, EUI

Jacopo Cellini | Researcher, Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre, Department of History and Civilization, EUI

Maria Haag | Researcher, Department of Law, EUI

 Enrique Barón Crespo, President of the European Parliament (1989-1992)


Date: 23 October 2018
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Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council (2009-2014) 


Date: 10 December 2018