At the Federal Foreign Office today, Michael Roth and the European Movement Germany debated with representatives of civil society on how better to communicate Europe. With regard to the future Citizens’ Dialogue events on Europe, he appealed to participants:
Do what you can to help citizens see this platform for dialogue and debate as a quite serious opportunity to make Europe better. You, too, can have a hand in making Europe better!
Roth went on to say that there were now very few certainties and things that could be taken for granted in Europe. He said that the crises and wars in the neighbourhood showed that Europe could not isolate itself from the world’s conflicts.
Debating the key issues
He explained that in the upcoming Dialogue events, the aim was to reach people who had long turned their back on Europe and were trapped in their Eurosceptic echo chambers. “On the key issues, controversy will be inevitable,” Roth said. How can we curb nationalism and populism, how can we make Europe more democratic and be more effective in protecting the climate? How can we uphold our values and remain strong and attractive in the midst of a world in disorder? How can we strengthen social cohesion and fight youth unemployment?
New forms of dialogue
The Minister of State declared that with the support for the European Movement Germany, they had already succeeded in providing a platform that had awakened the interest of citizens. “We are setting out on a new path here.” The Stakeholders’ forum on communicating Europe heralds the start of a more intensive debate. At the next European Council meeting, the EU Heads of State and Government will receive the evaluations of the Citizens’ Dialogue events and draw conclusions from them.