EU - United we stand

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The year 1990 marks a watershed in both German and European history. After the socialist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) had been swept away by the revolutions of 1989, Europeans faced the triple problem of how to build stable democracies in CEE, how to re-unify the two German states and how to establish a sustainable peace order in Europe. From today´s point of view, the solution seems to be more than obvious: By integrating both Germany and the “new” democracies of CEE into the EU, Europeans have successfully killed “the devils of the past”– just as Robert Schuman had foreseen in his Declaration of 1950. But is this really true? Have we really overcome our mutual fears and prejudices? Are we really satisfied with the current state of affairs both at home and within the EU? What has not worked out quite the way it should – and what can we do about it?

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EU - United we stand is an international project seeking to answer these questions by engaging EU-citizens in an inter-generational dialogue and transnational discussions: Partner organizations in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary and Poland invite citizens in their respective countries to discuss the way we perceived the breathtaking events of the years 1989/1990 back then – and how we assess them from today´s perspective. What did we feel, when the Berlin wall came down? Was it joy, fear, uncertainty? What did we expect when the socialist regimes stepped down? Have these expectations been met?

Participants will not only debate these questions within their respective national communities. They are also invited to attend international events organized by the partner organizations, focusing concrete questions of our common European remembrance.

If you are interested in European history and if you love to get to know new people and fresh perspectives, you should join the project! Learn about changes in the perception of the Holocaust in Hungary! Celebrate the Schuman Declaration in Warsaw! Reflect upon socialist architecture and arts in Bulgaria! Trace the long way of German-French reconciliation in France! And discuss which role Germany should play in today´s European Union in Berlin.

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