Upcoming event: “Overcoming the tragedy – from WWI to the building of the European Union”

Tuesday, 4 NovemberPoppies

12.00 – 14.00h

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

2014 – a year of remembrance! It reminds us of the beginning of the First World War: destruction and disaster – to which the years between 1914 and 1945 appear as an inevitable succession. After 1945, conclusions of over 300 years of conflict were drawn and politicians in Western Europe set on the process of European integration and on international understanding – despite the Cold War.

25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, we reflect on the mighty power that is inherent in the idea of peace, freedom, human dignity and the rule of law, which were driving forces behind the founding of the European Community. In view of past conflicts, their progressive overcoming and the future challenges, we want to remember the victims of the First World War, shed light on the political debate at the beginning of this century and discuss solutions to future challenges. What visions did liberals have back in the beginning of the 20th century for a liberal Europe? What do liberals propose for the difficulties lying ahead?



Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel (ret), Henry Kissinger Professor for Governance and International Security, University of Bonn

Ambassador Dr. Eckart Cuntz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kingdom of Belgium

Jozo Radoš, MEP, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Further speakers to be confirmed



Niklaus Nuspliger, Correspondent Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Brussels


Kindly register by e-mail by 30 October 2014 at http://tinyurl.com/Reconciliation-4Nov2014 or email to register.brussels@fnst.org.

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