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20 years “core Europe”

The Synthesis summarises the debate during the conference “20 years after ‘Core Europe’” organised by the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for Europe in Berlin on 1 September 2014.

This Synthesis by Nicole Koenig provides an overview of the discussion during the conference entitled “20 years after ‘Core Europe’: where do we stand and where are we heading?” The conference was organised by our Berlin office, the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for Europe and took place in Berlin on 1 September 2014.
It is based on three main issues:

1. Assessment: Europe at yet another crossroads
2. Ways ahead
3. Potential obstacles
and concludes by stating “it’s only the start“.

Speakers at the conference were:
Joachim Bitterlich, former Head of the European Department at the German Chancellery and member of the Board of directors of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute
Dr Franziska Brantner, member of the Bundestag for the Alliance ’90/The Greens
Dr Fabien Dell, Europe Consultant of France Stratégie and member of the Eiffel Group
Henrik Enderlein, director of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin
Matthias Fekl, member of the French National Assembly for the Socialist Party
Dr Ulrike Guérot, director of European Democracy Lab
Karl Lamers, former Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the CDU/CSU Bundestag faction
Professeur Dr Franz Mayer, Chair of Public and European Law at the University of Bielefeld and member of the Glienicker Gruppe
Pierre Moscovici, former French Finance Minister and designated EU Commission candidate
Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, German Minister of Finances

This Synthesis is also available in German and French.