Friday, 4 February 2011
Hotel Léopold
Rue du Luxembourg 35

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The 2011 Conference

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Policies from Washington and Brussels often belie the stereotypes of Europe (“socialists”) and America (“capitalists”). For example, the Four Freedoms sought by Franklin D. Roosevelt called for greater protection of the people by the state, while the EU’s “Four Freedoms” promise a steadfast commitment to individual liberty.

Today, party groups representing the majority of Europeans are still “tugging at the same oar” to secure peace, freedom and prosperity for the people.

On the occasion of Ronald Reagan’s centenary, the 2011 Liberty Conference will explore the old and new challenges faced by Europe and America in the 21st century, in search of common ground as these two economic giants pursue different strategies to achieve shared goals.


9:00 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:00

Reagan's Legacy: What is left? What was right?

In response to the global crisis, America’s government has expanded rapidly while Europe’s have tightened their belts. Is a coordinated strategy necessary to lead the world economy back to growth? What can be done to avoid a currency war? Is a Transatlantic marketplace free of tariffs in the realm of possibilities?

Panel: Fred Smith and Chris Horner
Moderator: Cécile Philippe

11:15 – 12:15

Security Threats: Cinema, or Vérité?

As America’s military might remains unchallenged, the WEU has dissolved, NATO is slimming down, and EU members are signing defence agreements.

On whom are Europeans counting for protection?

Panel: Geoffrey van Orden and Marietje Schaake
Moderator: Barbara Kolm

12:15 – 1:00

Lunch buffet

1:00 – 2:30


Gridlock or Groundbreak?
EU-US Relations After the Midterms

Like Reagan and Clinton before him, President Obama must now work with a House of Representatives controlled by the opposition. After the midterms and a precarious G-20, what is the outlook for transatlantic relations?

Panel: Marian Tupy and Hilbren Buys
Moderator: Annette Godart-van der Kroon



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Panellists and Moderators

Geoffrey Van Orden MBE
European Parliament

Marietje Schaake
European Parliament

Chris Horner
Competitive Enterprise Institute (Washington)

Cécile Philippe
Institut Economique Molinari (Paris)

Barbara Kolm
Hayek Institute (Vienna)

Fred Smith
Competitive Enterprise Institute (Washington)

Annette Godart-van der Kroon
Ludwig von Mises Institute-Europe

Marian Tupy
Legatum Institute

Hilbren Buys


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