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Workshop: Germany in the EU and the Mediterranean

ZEI Cooperation with the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies Malta (MEDAC)

Marc Jan Eumann, State Secretary for European Affairs in the Northrhine-Westphalian Ministry for Federal and European affairs, called for a clear continuation of a pro-active European policy of Germany. Euro bonds would be one of the necessary means to organize solidarity among all members of the EU in order to prepare for future currency crisis. State Secretary Eumann expressed his critical view that Germany was currently not up to its role as a model and driving force of European integration. Germany should get back to working on common strategies instead of trying to dominate decision making and fighting for its own interests. It would be of utmost importance that Germany accepts its responsibilities to work for a united Europe and to become a model again.

The State Secretary spoke at the opening of a workshop jointly held by the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) Malta on January 17, 2011 at ZEI in Bonn. The workshop brought together ZEI Fellows and researchers with more than a dozen young diplomats from Arab, Caucasian and African countries currently studying at MEDAC.

Other speakers at the workshop included Dr. Andreas Marchetti, ZEI Fellow, and Karl Xuereb, Ambassador of Malta to the Federal Republic of Germany, who discussed the current developments of the Union for the Mediterranean; Lieutenant Dr. Thorsten Weber, from the Federal Ministry of Defense on Germany’s security and defense policy and Dr. Gerhard Sabathil, Director for Strategy, Coordination and Analysis, DG External Relations from the European Commission who informed about the European External Action Service, which is in force since the beginning of the year 2011. ZEI Director Prof. Dr. Kühnhardt and MEDAC Director Prof. Dr. Calleya expressed their gratitude to the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) to have made the academic exchange possible in the context of the DAAD sponsored German Chair in Peace and Conflict Prevention held at MEDAC by Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlfeld. The current crisis in Tunisia was a continuous topic of interest during the workshop that underlined the commitment of ZEI to academically focus on Mediterranean issues and their impact on Germany in the EU.

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From left to right: NRW State Secretary Marc Jan Eumann, Ulrike Stepp (DAAD), Dr. Monika Wohlfeld (MEDAC), Ambassador Xuereb, Prof. Calleya (MEDAC), Prof. Kühnhardt (ZEI)

From left to right: NRW State Secretary Marc Jan Eumann, Ulrike Stepp (DAAD), Dr. Monika Wohlfeld (MEDAC), Ambassador Xuereb, Prof. Calleya (MEDAC), Prof. Kühnhardt (ZEI)


ZEI and MEDAC participants at the workshop "Germany in the EU and the Mediterranean" with Dr. Gerhard Sabathil, Director for Strategy, Coordination, and Analysis, Directorate-General External Relations, European Commission (center).

ZEI and MEDAC participants at the workshop "Germany in the EU and the Mediterranean" with Dr. Gerhard Sabathil, Director for Strategy, Coordination, and Analysis, Directorate-General External Relations, European Commission (center).

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