Putting culture at the heart of Europe’s external action

Putting culture at the heart of Europe’s external action

This morning I was at the European Culture Forum in Brussels, to talk about the work I’m doing with my colleague Tibor Navracsics on the first-ever EU strategy on cultural diplomacy. The Forum was a great opportunity to reflect on the role culture plays in our foreign policy. This is not just about protecting our cultural heritage: we need to understand that investing in culture fosters growth, can help prevent radicalisation and strengthens our diplomatic networks.

But today we also had the chance to think about our European culture: our continent has become great thanks to the encounter between different cultures and to our openness to the world. It’s worth keeping this in mind, as a good antidote against today’s fears.

Here are the video and the full text of my speech.