- Lord Peter Mandelson, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Joseph Joffe and Niall
Ferguson convene in Toronto, Canada to debate the future Europe -
TORONTO, May 7, 2012 /CNW/ - In a clear sign that the European debt
crisis remains a preoccupation for Canadians, the 2,700 tickets to the
semiannual Munk Debate, to be held in Toronto on Friday, May 25th, sold out in under 48 hours.
This must see Munk Debate will convene four big European thinkers to
tackle the motion: be it resolved, the European experiment has failed.
Arguing for the resolution will be Niall Ferguson, renowned economic
historian, internationally-acclaimed author, and a prolific commentator
on contemporary economics and politics. He will be joined by Josef
Joffe, publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit.
Speaking against the resolution, will be Lord Peter Mandelson. A Member
of the House of Lords, Mandelson is the former E.U. Commissioner for
Trade. Mandelson will be joined by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of
the Greens/Free European Alliance Group in the European Parliament.
Rudyard Griffiths, director and moderator of the Munk Debates, comments:
"Europe's ability to reform itself and survive this crisis is the big
geopolitical 'known unknown' of our time. It effects everything from
the future of the global economy to how countries around the world,
including Canada, think about the risks and rewards of economic
austerity versus stimulus."
The Munk Debates provide a lively and substantive forum for leading
thinkers to discuss the pressing issues of our time. Two debates are
held each year in Toronto, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Previous Munk Debate participants include former British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Krugman,
Lawrence Summers, and CNN's Fareed Zakaria.
The Munk Debates is a signature initiative of the Aurea Foundation,
founded in 2006 by Peter and Melanie Munk to support Canadian
institutions involved in the study and development of public policy.
While tickets for the Munk Debate on Europe are sold out, a free live
Internet stream of the entire debate proceedings will be available.
Those interested in signing up for the live webcast can visit www.munkdebates.com.