Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 12:30 pm
Location: Berlin Representative Office, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
  • Anna Diamantopoulou, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy, President of the Greek Think Tank “DIKTIO”, and former European Commissioner and Greek Minister
  • comments on security aspects by François Heisbourg, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy, and Chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London
  • Moderated by Judy Dempsey, Nonresident Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe,


The ongoing refugee crisis has revealed real and considerable problems of the European Union. Internally, the vision of the EU as an entity based on shared values has failed. The last months have shown that national interests have prevailed over solidarity. Externally, Europe’s attitude and role as a “soft power” player proved to be inadequate when faced with real war. The result is a continent being unable to influence developments in its own neighborhood but yet suffering their consequences.
Together with our Richard von Weizsäcker Fellows we will spend an interactive Lunch Talk discussing the failures of the European Union in the refugee crisis as well as possible measures to strengthen the European solidarity idea and the political effectiveness of its actions. 

Please note that the event will be held in English.

Registration for this event is closed.