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Bled Strategic Forum 2020

Nik Gowing moderated the opening leaders’ panel on Europe after Brexit and COVID-19 in Slovenia on August 31st 2020.

The panel included the Prime Ministers of Italy, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia, plus the President of Serbia.

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, opened the panel by underlining the enormous global economic challenges created by the huge disruptive impact of COVID-19. She paid tribute to Thinking the Unthinkable’s ongoing work to help top leaders handle the scale of disruption.

“It came in very handy this year because the unthinkable happened,” she said at the start.

The debate attracted 70,000 viewers on the live stream.

“Generally, everybody said it was the best debate to date. It was the talk of the day,” wrote one top attendee.

The debate can be viewed here.