Workshops, town hall meetings, and panel discussions: in 2017, the Federal Foreign Office will again be asking the question “What Kind of Europe Do We Want?” by hosting open civic debates all over Germany about the future of the European Union.
60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome – what lies ahead for Europe?
On 25 March 1957, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed the Treaties of Rome, thereby establishing the European Economic Community, which later would become the European Union.
This year will mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaties. Yet, as the date of commemoration approaches, Europe appears to be weakened by crises and differences of opinion, an impression that was further reinforced by the Brexit vote.
That is why the Federal Foreign Office initiated a series of open civic debates called “What Kind of Europe Do We Want?”. Where do we stand? In what ways must Europe change? What are our expectations of the European Union? What role can and should Europe assume in tomorrow’s world?
Series of events launched by Foreign Minister Steinmeier
Since 24 October 2016, citizens have been gathering throughout Germany to discuss this issue in various formats. The series of events was launched at a conference at the Federal Foreign Office, during which Foreign Minister Steinmeier took questions from young adults. Afterwards, the guests attended interactive workshops and panel discussions hosted by Federal Foreign Office representatives.
This year, the series is getting off to an early start: on 16 January 2017, Susanne Wasum‑Rainer, Germany’s Ambassador to Italy, will meet with interested citizens in the Kurhaus of Wiesbaden. Two events will be held only a few days later, on 19 January 2017, with Martin Kotthaus, Head of the European Directorate‑General at the Federal Foreign Office, hosting a debate at Palais am Fürstenwall in Magdeburg and State Secretary Markus Ederer attending an event at Kongresszentrum Rosenheim.
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