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Global Trends to 2030: Shaping Europe’s Future in a Fast-Changing World

  • Ricardo Borges de Castro
Friday 1 March 2019
European Union Seminar Series
Huis van Europa
Korte Vijverberg 5/6
2513AB Den Haag

The world may be on the cusp of a new geopolitical, geo-economic and geo-technological order. Ushered by global power shifts, pressure on liberal democracies, challenges to global governance, the transformation of economic models and of the very fabric of societies, new uses and misuses of technology, and humanity’s growing ecological footprint, the stakes could not be higher for Europe. Against this backdrop, how can the European Union ensure that it holds its destiny in its own hands? What must it do to better prepare and shape the future, tackling emerging challenges and seizing the opportunities that will arise? 

Ricardo Borges de Castro is the Adviser on Strategic Foresight to the European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s in-house think tank. At the EPSC, he focuses mainly on global trends, strategic foresight and ‘anticipatory democracy.’ He is also the EPSC’s project leader for the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), an EU inter-institutional collaboration that focuses on global trends and strategic foresight. Before joining the EPSC, he served as personal assistant and member of cabinet to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, as well as spokesperson for ‘Europe and the World’ at the Commission’s Spokespersons’ Planning and Coordination Unit. He holds a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He speaks Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, and basic Turkish. He enjoys running.

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