RETHINKING EUROPE | Celebrating Helmut Schmidt at 100

International Symposium | Hamburg, 22. Feb 2019

Throughout his political life, Helmut Schmidt advanced the idea of a strong and united Europe. Today, however, this European unity is under threat from many sides. While the majority of its citizens take the European Union (EU) for granted, much of what comes from Brussels creates distrust and resistance. At the same time, the EU is confronted with a new global (dis)order in which its core values – such as multilateralism and free trade – are increasingly under attack.

100 days before the European Parliament election, Helmut Schmidt’s 100th birthday provides a unique opportunity to rethink key questions about Europe's future. Three “Schmidt-topics” are in focus: foreign and security policy, economic and financial policy, as well as institutional affairs of the EU: What must be done to counter anti-European populist movements and keep Europe united? How can the EU be a relevant player in a new global order? And what role can the EU and its member states play to advance economic prosperity for their citizens?

Here you can read our report „Nach vorne denken im Schicksalsjahr Europas“
Here you can read the report of our cooperation partner Körber-Stiftung „Weniger Europa? Mehr Europa? Beides!“


© Michael Zapf


09.00 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.30

Opening remarks


Thomas Paulsen
Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung

Stefan Herms
Member of the Executive Board, Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung

10.30 – 12.00

Keeping Europe united: Institutional remedies for countering anti-EU populism


In cooperation with the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

Anna Diamantopoulou
President, DIKTIO Network for Reform in Greece and Europe; former EU Commissioner and Greek Government Minister

Simon Hix
Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science

Pascal Lamy
President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute; former EU Trade Commissioner; former Director General of the WTO

Vivien Schmidt
Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University

Moderator: Nicole Koenig
Deputy Director, Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

12.00 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00

Assessing the EU’s fiscal and economic architecture: What way forward?


In cooperation with the German Institute for Economic Research

Sylvie Goulard
Deputy governor, Banque de France

Zanny Minton Beddoes
Editor-in-chief, The Economist

Hélène Rey
Professor of Economics, London Business School

Beatrice Weder di Mauro
Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

Moderator: Marcel Fratzscher
President, German Institute for Economic Research; Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance, Humboldt University of Berlin

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00

A global player? The EU’s future in a new world order


In cooperation with Körber-Stiftung

Karen Donfried
President, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Amrita Narlikar
President, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and Professor of International Relations, University of Hamburg

Nathalie Tocci
Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome

Dmitri Trenin
Director, Carnegie Moscow Center

Moderator: Andreas Cichowicz
Editor-in-chief, NDR Television



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