Protectionism and liberalism? The single market and the EU‘s position in global affairs

An open lecture by Guillaume Xavier-Bender, Friday, April 5, from 12 to 13 in the Nordic house. Hosted by the Institute of International Affairs, in collaboration with the Embassy of France, the EU Info Centre in Iceland and with support from the Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programme.

The EU’s most strategic foreign policy instrument might be its economic power and relations. While the crisis has not wavered global support for liberalism and open trade, it has reinvigorated calls for more protection of European economies and societies. How does the EU promote and defends its economic and social values in the global system? How are the single market and the single currency influencing outside perceptions of the EU? How are trade and development policies supporting a broader foreign policy agenda?

Guillaume Xavier-Bender is a Program Officer at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels, coordinating programming related to trade, development, and the transatlantic economy. Mr. Xavier-Bender monitors EU policies and politics in relation to the program, and liaises with the economic policy community in Brussels. Prior to joining GMF, he worked for the French Prime Minister’s Services in Paris.