The mismatch between how the EU perceives its international role and how it is viewed abroad is glaring at times. Whereas the union sees itself as a champion of multilateralism and a generous donor, those in the Global South frequently criticize the EU as being hypocritical, self-serving, and post-colonial.

Such perceptions of the bloc vary depending on a given country’s history as well as its geographic, economic, and cultural proximity to the EU. A better understanding of these nuances and how the Global South views the world will serve Europe as it seeks to increase global cooperation to manage the climate crisis, migration, security threats, and pandemics.

Carnegie Europe is delighted to invite you to a public event to discuss the findings of its recent report, entitled The Southern Mirror: Reflections on Europe From the Global South, in which seven non-European authors reflect on the ways the EU cooperates with—and is perceived in—the Global South.

The panel will feature ‘Funmi Olonisakin and Oliver Stuenkel. Steven Everts, senior advisor on strategy and communications at the EEAS, will serve as a discussant and Rosa Balfour will moderate.

A light lunch reception will follow the event.

This event will take place in a hybrid form. Online participants can submit a question for the event using the YouTube chat, emailing, or tweeting at us @Carnegie_Europe.

Carnegie Europe is grateful to the Open Society European Policy Institute for its support of this project.