East versus West - The immigration issue and how to overcome it

Online Seminars: "Two sides of the same coin? - Tensions in european identity"

In a series of online events we would like to adress issues of european identity and sources of conflict in the EU. Together with a young generation of european citizens we will discuss those polarizing questions not separately, but together as european neighbors.



The flag of the European Union has become a symbol for her fundamental values: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law and minority rights

Our second discussion will deal with the polarizing viewpoints on the immigration issue which have distressed the relations between eastern and western member states of the EU. Until today, the question of humanitarism versus national security has not been answered in a way which can satisfy both perspectives. How can the EU fulfill their responsibility abroad and how important should national self-determination be? Can the conflict even be solved by the european institutions?


Information on the whole Series of Events:

What does it even mean to be European? To identify as and feel like a European? Many young people and university students, who grew up only knowing the European Union, would answer this questions differently than older generations. That is why we would like to invite young people from all over Central Europe to discuss those important topics with us and learn about their perspectives.

The construct of european identity is neither written down nor set in stone. It also includes cleavages and lines of conflict. Many countries have joined the european community since the signing of the Maastricht treaty 30 years ago. The union did benefit from this diversity, but it also opened up room for potential sources of conflict.

The events will be held in english.



Further events of this series:

30 September: Centre versus Periphery - The issue of further integration and how to overcome it


The discussion panels are a preparatory event for the KAS Summer School, which will take place in Dresden (September 2022). All attendees will be invited!



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Online Event via Zoom


  • Gerald Knaus
    • Co-Founder of the European Stability Initiative
  • Zoltán Kiszelly
    • Political Scientist at Századvég Political School

Christian Mumme

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