Online Event: “European Solidarity: What Should and Can it Mean?”, October 28 (UI, Sweden)

During the last decade Europe has experienced a financial and a migration crisis, as well as a pandemic, all of these showing the importance of European solidarity.

More solidarity in the European Union is also sought by many. However, the question remains as to what solidarity should and can mean in terms of policies when different EU members give different answers to the question on how countries should act in order to show solidarity.

To explore this issue with a particular emphasis on the case of Sweden, TEPSA and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs teamed up to co-host an online debate between three expert panellists. The debate took place on Thursday 28 October at 15:00 CET.


  • Michael Kaeding, Professor for European Integration and European Union Politics, Institute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen and Jean Monnet Professor ad personam
  • Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, Director at Kreab, Stockholm, Chairman of the board at the Centre for European Studies, Lund University and Member of the board at the Institute for Security and Development, Stockholm
  • Niklas Bremberg, Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University
  • Moderator: Gunilla Herolf, Senior Associate Research Fellow, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs.


This event took place in the framework of the upcoming publication of TEPSA’s new book: “Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, which will focus on solidarity in action and is edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak, and Paul Schmidt. Coming soon via Springer.