24. September 2019 admin

Common Values. Arguments, Counterarguments and Courses of Action in the German and Polish European Policy

Europäische Akademie Berlin, Bismarckallee 46/48, 14193 Berlin

20.-22. September 2016


Brexit, migration challenge, energy security: the analysis of public discourse in Germany and
Poland, with regard to current political, social and economic challenges in the European Union,
makes clear that not only are there divergent visions in the integration finality debate, but there are also different interpretations regarding common values and principles. This diversity of interpretation, approaches and interests is not only bi-national, but also intra-national, and applies to strategies of political elites, to media coverage, to public opinion as well as to analytic and academic discourse.

Against this background, the European Academy Berlin in co-operation with the Centre for
European Studies (OBIEE) and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań organise a
conference and a subsequent publication entitled „Common Values“. The project has as
its objective to address common areas, divergences, argument and counter-argument in the
German and Polish understanding of the European Integration. The key issue is above all
the question of how, despite the presumed conceptual differences, mutual understanding of one another can be enhanced and cooperation made more fruitful in and for Europe.

In the central focus of the conference will be the following areas of topic interest:
– „The winner takes all?“ – democracy, rule of law and the separation of powers as instruments of power;
– „How much Europe would you like today?“ Implementing European legislation in Germany and Poland;
– „I want my money back!“: Justice, solidarity and consensus finding as seen through the lens of multi-annual budgets and redistribution of funds;
– “The Great Energy Challenge”: security, responsibility and national interests as exemplified in
energy and climate policies;
– Flight, asylum, migration: respecting human dignity, maintaining human rights and the issue of European solidarity;
– Values and principles in the competition for integration: Europe’s policies towards the East.

The conference is addressed primarily to the younger and intermediate generation of
academic personnel and students, analysts and multiplier personalities as well as interested
public from Germany and Poland. The conference will be held in English (opening debate in
Polish and German with simultaneous translation).