Event Reports

Georgian State Officials Show Strong Commitment towards European Union

"Eastern Partnership – Georgia’s Roadmap after Vilnius Summit"

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili called the European course of Georgia a "historical heritage and future obligation". Georgia’s approximation to Europe is "irreversible". The President gave a speech at the conference, which was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Georgian Parliament after Georgia initialled the Assosiation Agreement during the summit of the EU's Eastern Partnership.

Teachers need to change

Education expert John Hattie presents his research results in Berlin

Professor John Hattie from New Zealand, a worldwide famous education expert, and for some even the "Harry Potter of pedagogy", sees a bigger autonomy of teachers as an important key to more efficiency in education. This is Hattie's conclusion after having looked at several thousand studies and meta-analyses. Following an invitation by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Hattie presented some of his findings in Berlin.

Post-Wall Europe needs to become “Europe for all”

State of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy

24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed in Berlin his concerns over the challenges Europe is facing today. In front of 600 invited people at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Van Rompuy warned against growing populism on the European continent and the rising of distrust. “Populism and nationalism cannot provide the answer to the challenges of our time”.

Defend the European values: Show courage and compassion

President of the European Commission, Barroso in Berlin

José Manuel Durão Barroso, president of the European Commission paid on Monday a visit to the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Berlin to discuss about more European integration. Accompanied by Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, Chairman of the KAS and Manfred Weber, Vice-Chairman of the European People’s Party, they looked for alternatives and ways to promote the European project in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Greece & Germany: What Role for Civil Society?

Workshop III of the Greek-German Youth Congress

Seventeen participants from Germany and Greece joined the third workshop “Greece and Germany: What Role for Civil Society?” Maximilian Kall, a journalist from Berlin, was the moderator of the panel discussion and the following workshop.

Reforms and changes in the EU since the beginning of the financial and economic crisis

Workshop I of the Greek-German Youth Congress

Dr. Weronika Priesmeyer-Tkocz opens the workshop with a short round of introduction, in which everyone introduces herself/himself. The participants hope to get in dialogue with people from the other country, debate how to manage the crisis, search for alternatives to the current policies and discuss whether a new architecture is needed for the EU after the crisis.

Restart youth employment

Workshop II of the Greek-German Youth Congress

The aim of the Workshop “Restart youth employment” was to propose measures to foster youth employment and to discuss the circumstances of an improvement process and the role of responsible persons and bodies.

Stereotypes and Media

Workshop IV of the Greek-German Youth Congress

The day began with an introduction by the workshop moderator, freelance journalist and media trainer Jochen Markett. After which he introduced the two guest speakers Mrs. Elina Makri and Mr. Holger Doetsch.

No competitors, but partners to be

The BRICS states must first find their role in order to form a stable partnership with the EU

The association of the growing economies of Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represents 40 percent of the world’s population and, as of now, 25 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. Nevertheless, the chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Elmar Brok, doesn’t see the so-called BRICS states as competitors for Europe. “I am relatively relaxed by the potential threat of the BRICS for Europe”, Brok said at an event organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin.

Both sides of the Atlantic would benefit from same trade-standards

US-EU free-trade agreement is gaining momentum and may soon be achieved

Due to the lasting economic crisis, and after years of negotiations over a transatlantic trade agreement, the break-through seems closer than ever. On Wednesday, American and European experts, invited by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, discussed what to do in order to improve the US-EU partnership, as well as the current and upcoming challenges for both sides of the Atlantic.

About this series

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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