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MIRACLE OR NECESSITY? 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
14/10/2019
Past EventsR. S. V. P
Nov 7-8: A joint conference of the Danube Institute, the Institute of Strategic Studies (National University of Public Service/NKE) and the Hanns Seidel Stiftung

PROGRAM

November 7
14:30 Registration
15:00 OPENING
András Koltay, rector, National University of Public Service
Oliver Jörg, secretary general, Hanns Seidel Foundation
John O’Sullivan, president, Danube Institute
15:20 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: HUNGARY AND THE REUNIFICATION OF EUROPE
Edmund Stoiber, former Minister of Interior of Bavaria (1988-1993), and former Prime Minister of Bavaria (1993-2007)
15:50 THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RULE OF LAW IN HUNGARY
Imre Kónya, founder and leader of the Independent Jurists’ Forum and participant of the Opposition Roundtable in 1989
16:15 FATE, ACCIDENT OR PLAN? 
Panel discussion moderated by Gergely Prőhle (director, STI and former ambassador to Berlin)
Participants:
Edmund Stoiber, Imre Kónya, and Balázs Orbán, Parliamentary and Strategic State Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office
17.00 Coffee break
17:20 MANAGING THE SOVIET COLLAPSE: EXPERIENCE AND LESSONS
Roundatble discussion moderated by Zsuzsanna Breier, former secretary of state for European Affairs, Hessen
Participants:
Charles Crawford, former British diplomat working on USSR/Russia policy issues (1991-96)
Clark Judge, speechwriter and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush
Hubertus Knabe, historian, former director, Hohenschönhausen Stasi Memorial Museum
András Oplatka, historian and journalist, former Neue Zürcher Zeitung correspondent in Moscow and then in Budapest
Mária Schmidt, director of the House of Terror Museum
19:00 Reception

November 8
10:00  RECONCILING THE TWO EUROPES: THEN AND NOW
Roundtable discussion moderated by Gyula Kodolányi, foreign policy adviser of József Antall (1990-1993)
Participants:
Ed Feulner, founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation
Géza Jeszenszky, former foreign minister of Hungary (1990-1994)
Ludger Kühnhardt, director, Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), Bonn University
Charles Powell, foreign policy adviser of Margaret Thatcher
Alexandr Vondra, MEP, co-founder and leading member of the Civic Forum in Czechoslovakia, 1989
12:00 Reception

The event will be video-recorded and the film will be put on our website.  By participating, you agree to the use of your image in the film.

Please register via the RSVP link before 10am Nov 6.   

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Partners in Eastern Europe: Multiple Crossroads. The Video, Part 2.

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Videos

Anne Elisabeth Moutet on the “Royal Exit” of the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry

Partners in Eastern Europe: Multiple Crossroads. The Video, Part 1.

Videos

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Charles Crawford's Negotiations Workshop

Videos

The distinguished diplomat and communication expert, Charles Crawford CMG has held two highly successful workshops at DI in December 2019. Watch an expert of the second one.

Charles Crawford's Speechwriting Workshop

Videos

The distinguished diplomat and communication expert, Charles Crawford CMG has held two highly successful workshops at DI in December 2019. Watch an expert of the first one.

Panel discussion on the 2019 EP elections - VIDEO

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For maybe the first time, voters in Europe were mobilized by European (and global) issues, rather than domestic politics. Topics as migration and climate change have drawn voters in large numbers.

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With English subtitles!

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