panel discussion



26 FEBRUARY 2019 at 6pm

at the House of European History


With the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, laws were progressively implemented to protect the labour class. Two centuries later, it is reasonable to wonder about the future of our Welfare State system. Will our social rights be preserved in the future? What about our growing elderly population: will they be treated with care and dignity? And what about the young generation? With the aging population in Europe, who will finance the welfare states? What about innovative forms for providing care for the weakest, such as social enterprise?

The speakers

Dávid J. Szabó

Dávid J. Szabó is the head of Foreign Affairs at Századvég Foundation since December 2018. He previously served as Director of Research, overseeing the think tank’s research and consulting activities in the fields of economic, social, foreign and security policy and governance studies. Prior to that he was Századvég’s Director for Foreign Affairs for two years, working on developing international cooperation projects and institutional partnership deals for the organization, as well as supervising the Foundation’s foreign and European political research projects. Apart from his in-house duties, Dávid J. Szabó is frequently invited as a speaker or panel chair to various public events and he is a regular commentator and author of foreign and security policy related issues in both domestic and international media. He is a member of the Hungarian Atlantic Council. Since 2015, Dávid J. Szabó is a Manager for International Relations at prominent Hungarian sports club MTK Budapest.

Jaako Kuosmanen

Jaakko Kuosmanen is currently working with public sector consultancy projects at Demos Helsinki. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh, and has has worked with various governments on the topic of long-term governance, including the UK government, the Welsh government, the Scottish government, the Indian government, as well as the Finnish government. Jaakko has been published extensively in top-ranking academic peer-review journals, and he is currently editing a collection of essays for Oxford University Press. Before joining Demos Helsinki, Jaakko worked for the Council of Europe, and more recently at the University of Oxford, where he worked at the Faculty of Law as a James Martin Research Fellow, and as a programme coordinator at the Oxford Martin School. Jaakko has also lectured at the Blavatnik School of Government.


Chiara Saraceno is currently Honorary Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. Previously she was Research Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Professor of sociology of the family, first at the University of Trento and then at the University of Turin. She was a member of the Committee of Inquiry into poverty and social exclusion in Italy, which she also chaired for three years (1998-2001). She is also a regular contributor to the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. Her most recent publications include L’equivoco della famiglia (2017) [Misunderstandings Concerning the Family]; Mamme e papà. Gli esami non finiscono mai(2016) [Mum and Dad. Exams are Never Over]; “The impact of the great depression on child poverty. The case of Italy” (with L. Natali), in B. Cantillon, Y. Chzhen, S. Handa (eds.), Children of Austerity (2017); “Southern European Welfare Regimes. from differentiation to reconvergence?” in Handbook of European Social Policy (P. Kennett and N. Levai-Bainton eds.) (2017).

The moderator


Karl van den Broeck is a Belgian journalist and essayist. In charge of the Culture column for the Belgian daily De Morgen for twenty years then editor-in-chief of Knack for six years, he is now the editor-in-chief of the news website and a conference and debate organiser at BOZAR.

Practical Information


At the House of European History, rue Belliard 135, 1000 Brussels

On Tuesday, February 26th at 6pm

Discussions in original languages, with English interpretation.

Free entrance

Entrance upon registration only. Thank you for confirming your attendance by clicking on the link below.

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"For a new European social contract" is an initiative led by EUNIC Brussels of which are part the Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe, the Balassi Institute Brussels, the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Brüksel, the British Council in Belgium, the Instituto Cervantes Bruselas, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. In partnership with the House of European History and the Alumni Association of the College of Europe.

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