Europe may have survived the crisis, but where does it stand now? Is it still a reference point for emerging economies or has it lost its attractiveness? Can the European dream survive global competition?
After overcoming the economic crisis, several questions remain regarding the current and future state of Europe. Where is Europe headed, how sustainable is the European dream in a global world? What advantages does the European understanding of the welfare state have - and can it serve as a model for other regions?
These and other questions will be the focus of a symposium hosted by the Alfred Herrhausen Society on May 9. Under the title "Europe - Dream and Reality," the event brings together speakers from around the world to share and exchange their ideas on Europe.
Speakers include among others the philosopher Ágnes Heller; the writers Sudhir Kakar, Mely Kiyak and Liao Yiwu; the researcher Zhou Hong; as well as political insiders such as Joschka Fischer, Pascal Lamy, Wu Jianmn, Janusz Reiter and Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The non-profit Alfred Herrhausen Society is the international forum of the Deutsche Bank. It focuses on new forms of governance as a response to the challenges of the today. DW is cooperating with the society to bring the symposium to a wider audience. The event on May 9 will be streamed over the website dw.de/english, starting at 9:00 CET.
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