Long Night of Ideas 2018 : Europe at a crossroads. Do we need a new culture of trust?

24.05.2018 - Press release

In times of increasing tendencies around the world – but also in Europe – to focus on the national level, policymakers face the question of how Europe defines itself. This issue is of particular relevance to their cultural activities. For decades, there seemed to be no end to the belief that Europe was the solution to everything and for everyone. The united Europe was seen as an unparalleled success story that guaranteed peace, freedom, democracy and prosperity.

Do we still have a cultural basis for trust in politics or has trust been replaced by mistrust? A panel discussion at the Telefónica Basecamp Berlin will address the topics of a culture of working together or against one another, sovereignty, multilateralism and European cultural cooperation. The panel will comprise the following members:

Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg
Rolf-Dieter Krause, ARD’s long-standing Brussels correspondent
Hanna Radziejowska, Director of the Polish Institute in Berlin
Walter Lindner, State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office

Leon Stebbe, rbb, former Washington and Brussels correspondent

Europe at a crossroads. Do we need a new culture of trust?
1 June 2018
7.30 p.m.
Telefónica Basecamp
Mittelstrasse 51-53, 10117 Berlin

Under the motto, 15 Locations – 15 Ideas, the Federal Foreign Office and its partner organisations will open numerous interesting venues in the city for one evening as part of the Long Night of Ideas 2018. The aim is to make people think and to enable them to experience cultural relations and education policy for themselves. The current programme of events is available at www.menschenbewegen.jetzt .

Journalists can sign up for the event with the Press Division of the Federal Foreign Office (presse@diplo.de; tel: +49 (0)30 5000 2056) or Dr. Gabriele Minz GmbH, the agency coordinating communication on the events (presse@minzgmbh.de; tel: +49 (0)30 88 47 13 910).


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