„Unite in Diversity: Crossing Borders and Creating the Future of Europe”

European GSI Summer School – 13.9. - 22.9.2019

The European GSI School is an annual event, organised by the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn. Partner-institutions such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are involved and have been supporting the Summer School for many years.


The 30th European GSI Summer School is an international meeting point for students and young professionals, deeply interested in politics and foreign affairs. The participants will get to know the practical work of institutions of the European Union. They will reflect on the objectives and the general conception of European integration and will discuss these with experts from all disciplines.

The program covers workshops in Bonn as well as excursions to Luxemburg and Brussels to visit important European institutions.

At the same time the Summer School is a place to exchange ideas about a better future. Regardless of their nationalities, cultural roots or professions, young people discuss new ways to a peaceful and democratic society. The threat of various crises requires a new understanding between political actors and raises the issue, how to establish a successful international cooperation.

Vom 13.- 22. September 2019 richtet das GSI zum mittelerweise 30. Mal die „European GSI Summer School“ in Bonn, Luxemburg und Brüssel aus. Sie ist erneut ein internationaler Treffpunkt für politisch interessierte Studierende bzw. junge Berufsstätige aus ganz Europa und darüber hinaus.

Die Teilnehmer/innen lernen die praktische Arbeit von EU-Institutionen kennen, setzen sich mit Zielen und aktuellen Fragen der europäischen Integration sowie der Außenpolitik auseinander und kommen ins Gespräch mit Expert/innen. Das Programm umfasst, neben Workshops in Bonn, auch Exkursionen  zu europäischen Institutionen in Luxemburg und Brüssel.

Die Summer School ist zugleich ein Ort des lebendigen Austausches junger Menschen, die sich, über alle nationalen Grenzen, kulturellen Prägungen und beruflichen Spezialisierungen hinweg, für die gemeinsame, friedliche und demokratische Zukunft Europas einsetzen wollen.  

Im Mittelpunkt steht die Frage, wie angesichts der drängenden Krisen eine internationale Zusammenarbeit erfolgreich gestaltet werden kann und welche europäischen Akteure es dafür gibt.

Die „European GSI Summer School“ findet jährlich statt und wird vom Gustav-Stresemann-Institut in Bonn in Kooperation mit Programm-Partnern (u.a. dem Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst) durchgeführt.

Das Gustav-Stresemann-Institut engagiert sich seit über 65 Jahren als überparteiliche, unabhängige und gemeinnützige Bildungsinstitution für politische Bildung, europäische Integration und internationalen Austausch. Damit steht das GSI in der Tradition der Friedens- und Verständigungspolitik, für die Gustav Stresemann und Aristide Briand 1926 gemeinsam mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet wurden.

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for conference organisation:
Marcus Wolf
Tel.: +49 228 8107-933

for the program:
Anne Schulz
Research Manager
Tel.: +49 228 8107-190


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until 11.00 Welcome to GSI Bonn
Arrival of the participants and organisational tasks
Organization, get together
12.00 Lunch at GSI Restaurant
13.00 - 13.30 Welcome to the 30th European GSI Summer School Dr Ansgar Burghof
Chairman and Director, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute

Antje Schlamm
Head of Section Scholarship Programmes East Central Europe, South East Europe, Turkey, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
13.30 - 15.00 Opening of the European Summer School 2019
Introduction of the team and the participants, brief presentation of the programme, the facts, figures and intention. Explanation of the methodical approach and the European Summer School Blog 
Anne Schulz
Head of 30th European GSI Summer School, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 - 17.30 Workshop: Warm up - The political system of the EU
European Institutions and policy fields (The Parliament, The Council, The Commission, The Court, The European Council and other Institutions)
Holger-Michael Arndt
Lawyer, Managing Director CIVIC Institute, Düsseldorf
Dr Alexander Burka
Political and Cultural Scientist,
Managing Director CIVIC Institute, Vienna

Dinner at GSI Restaurant
19.00 - 21.00 30 Years of European exchange
30 Years of European history
The EU has grown in the recent decades. The hopes of the European democrats: Had they been fulfilled? Some frictions seem to stay on, some divisions even seem to increase.    
Alumni and friends of European Summer School discuss the European status quo.

Dr. Jessica Erbe, Alumni European Summer School
Dr. Otto Schmuck, European Movement, Germany
Michael Münz, Head of Project Management, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute 
21.00 - 22.30 30 Years of European exchange
An international get-together 
Alumni, participants
Partners of the European GSI Summer
08.00 Breakfast at GSI Restaurant

Worldcafé: Steps forward to an international career
Let’s talk about studies, networking and sheer luck.

10.00 Coffee break

Crossing borders: The European Union and the candidates
The fast progress of integration seems to come to a very end. The candidates, which apply for membership, are waiting and speculating about uncertain perspectives. Is there a real chance for new countries to join the EU? Which obligations must be taken into account to realize a further expansion of the EU?

Dr. Jan Ulrich Clauss, GSI Science Director ( 1994-2017, retired)


The European Union in the years to come:
Solidarity or populistic split-up?
The status quo and the challenges of the future concerning economy, social security and possibly a fairer and deeper economic union

Dr Jürgen Born, Department Economics, Labour and Social Affairs, Institute for Church and Society, Evangelical Church of Westphalia
13.00 Lunch at GSI Restaurant

Crossing borders:
The Benelux-Union - A joint success story
An introduction to structures, impact, political priorities and the role of Northrhine-Westfalia.

Dr. Doris Gau, Verbindungsreferentin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen bei der Benelux-Union

15.30 Coffee break

Crossing borders:
The power of the regions
The regions support the specific cultural heritage and are the grass root level of national and international cooperation. Do they offer a very pragmatic opportunity to overcome the European quarrel?

Experts of Euregio and Euregio Maas-Rhein.
18.00 Dinner at GSI Restaurant  
19.00-19.45 Introduction, overview and Information about the programme Giving Europe a home –
European Simulation Game - Introduction

Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka

  Breakfast at GSI Restaurant

Bonn – a European City that masters change
The development of the former German capital into a center of international cooperation “Germany’s United Nations city” - Challenges and approaches

Dr Maria Hohn-Berghorn, Bonn

10.45 Walk to Tram. Transfer together Team of the Summer School

Bonn: United Nations city
Exploring the city of Bonn and it’s sites of international importance

13.15 Lunch at GSI Restaurant

Giving Europe a home –
European Simulation Game

Taking roles of representatives of different institutions in the EU, the participants initiate a common legal act in the field of culture.

Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka

15.30 Coffee break


Giving Europe a home – Continuation of the Simulation Game

Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka

19.00 Dinner at GSI Restaurant  
20.00 Leisure time  
08.00 Breakfast at GSI Restaurant


The European Union – an area of freedom, security and justice exemplified by distinctive law cases

Dr Michael Winkelmüller
European Expert
Specialist solicitor for administrative law
Partner Redeker Sellner Dahs, Bonn

11.45 Lunch Snack on invitation of the law firm Redeker Sellner Dahs
Afterwards Return to GSI  
14.00-15.30 Climate Change as an international task - Europe´s role in the World
Lecture and debate

Richard Kinley
Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (2006-2017, retired)

15.30 Coffee break

Crossing borders: The role of media and the danger of nationalistic discourse
Digital media embrace the great possibility of international understanding. The chance to communicate with people from different countries and to collect information are as comprehensive as it had been never before. But on the other hand, social networks are used to promote nationalistic propaganda. Are the media entitled to support a pro-European point of view and fight against nationalistic ideas? Should they stay neutral? In which way the nationalistic propaganda can be abolished successfully?

Dr. Wolfgang Ressmann
Lina Kushch, First secretary, National Union of Journalists of Ukraine
Hendrik Schott, European Journalists Association, Germany
Michael Münz, Head of Project Management, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute

18.00 Dinner at GSI Restaurant  

The European value
Is there a need of a fresh view on EU’s structures?

Stefani Weiss, Bertelsmann Stiftung

08.00 Breakfast at GSI Restaurant

Bus transfer to Luxemburg


Schengen Agreements and the freedom to travel, visit of the European Museum Schengen
Schengen as a historical place of European Cooperation – Information visit with comments

12.00 Lunch
13.30-14.00 Arrival at the European Court of Justice and Security Check  

The European Court of Justice
Presentation of the Courts Work, the impact of the court decisions, recent important judements

Experts of the Court of Justice

  Further Drive to Embassy  

Visit of the German Embassy
The importance of exchange and cooperation, networking and fostering of good relations in Europe

Dr Heinrich Kreft
German Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

18.30 Drive to the Hotel and Check In  
19.30 Individual leisure time
Early breakfast! Check-out, uploading the luggage  
10.00 Visiting the Quartier européen in Luxembourg  
13.30 Lunch

The European Court of Auditors
The guardian of the financial interests of the citizens of the Union. The ECA’s role as the EU’s “financial watchdog”, a closer look on the annual report and the recommendations.

Experts of the European Court of Auditors


Reunification of all participants and Bus transfer to Brussels

19.30 individual dinner and leisure time in the city
Early in the morning! Breakfast


Transfer to the European Commission

09.00 Welcome to the European Commission

Isabella Malaise-Weckerle
Information Officer, EU Commission

09.00-10.30 The European Commission: the political executive of the European Union Experts of the European Commission
10.30-11.00 Coffee break


EU career opportunities and selection procedure traineeship Experts of the European Commission
12.00-13.00 The commission’s priorities: climate change or digital single market Experts of the European Commission
13.00 Walk Restaurant for lunch  

The House of European History
Interactive tour through the House of European History


The work of NGOs in Europe
Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU – Lecture and debate

Corporate Europe Observatory

After-work meeting of European trainees at Place de Luxembourg
Opportunity for exchange on European careers and jobs and life in Brussels

evening Individual dinner  
Until 09.00 Breakfast, Check-out, uploading the luggage
  Transfer to the House of European History  

Visit of the European Parliament
The implications of the election, proceedings afterwards, the task list of the new parliament

Experts of the European Parliament

13.00 Individual Lunch

Council of the European Union

The European Council’s role in Foreign Affairs, the negotiations about Brexit
17.00 Return to Bonn, (approx.. 3 h drive)
20.00 Lunch GSI  
  Summer School Blog
the experience of a digital co-working space

Anne Schulz

  Breakfast at GSI Restaurant
  Morning programme: Lectures by young scientists  

Downsize Europe?
Is there a last chance for candidates for accession to the EU? Or will there be a closed core Europe in which a small group of states determines the further integration?

10.30 Coffee break


Freedom of Speech?!
Journalist in European countries are facing violent threats, some of them were murdered. Does this menace affects all of us?


Brexit and the future implications
The relationship between Great Britain and the EU

13.00 Lunch at the GSI restaurant

Networking Erasmus
Information, job skills, scientific news, co-funding of projects – what is the aim of the Erasmus networks?


Shaping Europe: A scenario
Interactive Workshops in groups

Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka

16.00 Coffee break

Shaping Europe: A scenario
Interactive Workshops in groups

Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka

19.00 -23.00

Farewell party with invited guests
Grill Buffet
Handing over of Certificates

Übergabe der Zertifikate

08.00 Breakfast at GSI Restaurant
09.00-11.30 Current challenges for the European Union
Scenario results and debate
Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka


Results of the Summer School
Evaluation and analysis of the debates and presentations and the Summer School Blog

Anne Schulz

13.00 Farewell Lunch at GSI Restaurant
Afterwards End of the Academy