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ZEI Discussion Paper C 232/2015

Hannelore Kraft: North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Union

ZEI Discussion Paper C 232/2015

Keynote speech at the Final Ceremony of the ZEI Class of 2015.

On the occasion of the Final Ceremony of the ZEI Master of European Studies “Class of 2015”, Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft congratulated the this year’s graduates and at the same time the ZEI and its staff for its past twenty years of innovative and successful academic work. Twenty years in which the European Union has succeeded in making progress in many areas, like Economic and Monetary Union, EU enlargement, introduction of the Euro and the changing role of the regions in the EU. North Rhine-Westphalia, the 8th largest region in the EU, is conducting proactive policy both in Berlin and in Brussels and combines European and regional politics in many areas. The European Union has to face new challenges, which can be only solved successful and confidence building as a common and even closer Union.

Hannelore Kraft is Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populated region in Germany.

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