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The defense of democracy and the values of Europe

In this year's Willy Brandt Lecture, Vice President of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, speaks about the EU's efforts to defend democracy and promote European values in the complex world of today - a world increasingly characterized by populism and disinformation Russian aggression against Ukraine and the transformation towards a more sustainable and digital economy.

In her talk, Věra Jourová looks at the EU's measures to ensure free and fair elections to the European Parliament in 2024, including the European Democracy Action Plan, the Defense of Democracy Package, as well as its work with major online platforms and other relevant actors in the fight against disinformation. It also provides insight into its efforts to promote the rule of law in the EU, its neighboring countries and worldwide.

Afterwards she discussed with Michael Roth, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag. They look at the EU's current tests in the run-up to the election and how Germany and the EU can face them.

Welcome and Introduction:
Wolfgang Thierse | President of the Bundestag (retired) D. and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation

Willy Brandt Lecture 2023
Věra Jourova | Vice President of the European Commission


  • Vera Jourova
  • Michael Roth (MdB, SPD) | Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag

The lecture will be in English with simultaneous translation. There will be a small reception afterwards.

Please register by December 6th. The event will be broadcast live on the foundation's YouTube channel.
Additional information
Price info: Participation in the event is free of charge. Please register by December 06, 2023.