The Future of the EU Debate…

The EU Debate

On Thursday the 12th of February, the Phil was delighted to host former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who presented a paper on the future of the European Union. d’Estaing, who has previously presided over the Convention on the Future of the European Union, which drafted the European Constitution, spoke before a crowded Chamber of the importance of European integration. His ideas were supported by James Wickham, Senior Lecturer in Trinity’s Department of Sociology, and by Gerard Hogan, Barrister at Law. Opposing European integration were Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein and Libertas spokesperson Caroline Simons, who called for a more democratic and accountable EU. The event proved to be one of our biggest yet, with a French news crew recording all the speakers who responded to the paper, including ordinary member David Barrett and maidens Howard Helen, Olivia Headon and James Doyle, who all performed admirably giving their first ever speeches in front of a crowd of hundreds. It was a fantastic event, and we would like to congratulate all our student speakers and thank our distinguished guests, in particular the former president for his excellent paper.

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