“I am convinced that it is possible to reconcile multilateral, rules-based globalisation, bilateral cooperation, and patriotism, without giving in to nationalism and protectionism”, said BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer in the opening gala of the European Forum for New Ideas (EFNI). The forum is taking place from 27-29 September in Sopot, Poland and is organized already in the 7th year in a row by our Polish member Lewiatan in cooperation with BusinessEurope. Under the theme “Globalism, bilateralism, economic patriotism? Challenges for business”, the event gathers business leaders, politicians and academia to debate the future of economic growth and employment in Europe. During the opening, DG Beyrer further highlighted that being successful in reconciling globalism, bilateralism and patriotism requires a clear strategy. “And our strategy must be jointly defined within the European Union because together we are stronger than when we act in a fragmented manner”, he concluded.