Foreign Minister Steinmeier joins discussions with European writers, philosophers and intellectuals
Under the motto “Europe – Dream and Reality” two high‑level conferences in Berlin on 8 and 9 May will discuss the current state of Europe and explore in what new ways, beyond the normal business of politics, it can help shape the future.
At the European Writers Conference on Thursday, 8 May, forty authors from all over Europe will engage in outspoken and lively debate on Europe at the invitation of writers Mely Kiyak, Nicol Ljubić, Tilman Spengler and Antje Rávic Strubel as well as Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier.
The subsequent Long Night of European Literature in the evening of 8 May will offer all comers a chance to discover Europe’s literary and linguistic diversity for themselves at the various readings organised. The presentation of a European writers manifesto is also planned.
The symposium “Europe – Dream and Reality” organised by the Alfred Herrhausen Society on Friday, 9 May, will discuss what makes the European model so attractive to people in other parts of the world. To discuss how the European dream can retain its radiance the European writers will be joined also by philosophers, academics and political practitioners from around the world.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier will take part in all three events. Ahead of these events Steinmeier issued the following statement:
In 1988, shortly before the Iron Curtain was demolished, writers from all over Europe attending a conference in West Berlin dreamed the dream of a Europe united, free and at peace. The European dream is not dreamed only by Europeans.
Of course in some places the fulfilment of this dream still faces obstacles, yet people all over the world cherish the dream of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
Today, too, it is vital not to lose sight of this dream. For it can give us new heart at a time such as this, when it is the prevention of a new division of Europe that is at stake.