„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.

Welcome address

Dear participants of the GSI European Summer School,

2019 is a special year – we are celebrating 70 years of the German Constitution and 30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is the 70th birthday of the European Movement Germany and for the 30th  time, GSI is hosting its Summer School. All these anniversaries are bound by a European context. They belong to European democracy and are a result of European citizens being involved and active. This is why this is a celebratory year, and we acknowledge it by reflecting on our common past and by thinking about our common European future.

Europe is a collaborative project, in many ways and on many levels. We engage in international cooperation because this is required for a peaceful continent. Now more than ever, it is important to stand up for European values, to connect with like-minded people and to engage with those we disagree with. We need more debate about ideas and more democratic discourse when it comes to finding the right political solutions. Global challenges like climate change, refugee movements or youth unemployment call for a courageous, strong and united European Union – but also one that understands how important political competition and pluralistic discussions are.

Democracy requires commitment! Democracy is about pluralism, it needs discourse and conversation beyond the national level. And it needs participation and involvement.

With these words, I wish you a successful Summer School.

Linn Selle

Chairwoman of European Movement Germany (EM Germany) and Patronage of the 30. European GSI Summer School


Jennifer Hoppenstock
Tel.: +49 228.8107-171
E-Mail: j.hoppenstock(at)gsi-bonn.de

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

Programm 2019 (deutsch)


2019 gefördert durch die:

Gefördert durch den Minister für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten sowie Internationales des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen im Rahmen des Beneluxjahr.NRW 2019



Akkordion (Kopie 1)

until 11.00

Welcome to GSI Bonn
Arrival of the participants and organisational tasks

GSI Team
12.00 Lunch at GSI Restaurant

14.00 - 15.00

Welcome in Bonn
Introduction of the team and the participants, brief presentation of the programme, the facts, figures and the European Summer School Blog

Anne Schulz
Head of 30th European GSI Summer School, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute

Antje Schlamm
Head of Section Scholarship Programmes East Central Europe, South East Europe, Turkey, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

15.00 Coffee break
15.30 – 18.00 Workshop: Warm up - The political system of the EU
European Institutions and policy fields (Parliament, Council, Commission, Court, European Council and other Institutions)

Holger-Michael Arndt
Managing Director CIVIC Institute, Düsseldorf

Dr. Alexander Burka
Political and Cultural Scientist, Managing Director CIVIC Institute, Vienna

Dinner at GSI Restaurant
19.30 - 21.30

Opening of the European GSI Summer School
Celebrating the 30th Edition

Dr hc. Erik Bettermann
Chairman and Director, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute

Dr. Birgit Klüsener
Director of the Department Scholarships, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

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.

Moderation: Michael Münz
Project Manager, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute

Dr Otto Schmuck
member of the board of the European Movement Germany

Dr. Jessica Erbe
Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training - Alumna

Joanna Szymanska-Bica
Polregio e.V. –Alumna

Celia Conde
Pau Costa Foundation

21.30 - 22.30

30 Years of European exchange
An international get-together

Alumni, participants
Partners of the European GSI Summer


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

10.30 Coffee break
10.45 - 11.45

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


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?

Moderation: Dr. Jan Ulrich Clauss
Former Science Director, Gustav Stresemann-Institute (retired)

S.E. Ramadan Nazifi
Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia

Filip Lukic
journalist, alumnus

13.15 Lunch at GSI Restaurant

Gefördert durch den Minister für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten
sowie Internationales des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen im Rahmen des Beneluxjahr.NRW 2019
Cooperation - the fundament for mutual success

Event open to the public

The Benelux Union - a story of success

Dr. Doris Gau
Liaison Officer from North Rhine-Westphalia at the Benelux Union

Debate: The power of the regions
Models of cooperation as the Benelux-Union, Euregio, local partnership

Moderation: Holger-Michael Arndt/
Dr. Alexander Burka

Dr. Doris Gau
Liaison Officer from North Rhine-Westphalia at the Benelux Union

Martijn Spaargaren
Deputy Manager, Euregio Rhein-Maas-Nord

Thomas De Vos
representative of the province of Liège, Euregio Meuse-Rhine

15.35 Coffee break  
16.00-17.00 The power of the regions- summary and conclusion

Moderation: Holger-Michael Arndt/
Dr. Alexander Burka

17.00 – 18.00

Crossing borders and the experience of NGOs: Wildfire as an environmental issue in Europe
An insight into the work of an international network and it`s projects supported by the EU

Celia Conde
Pau Costa Foundation

18.00 Dinner at GSI Restaurant  
19.00-19.45 Information about the Summer School blog and an introduction to Giving Europe a home
European Simulation Game

Holger-Michael Arndt/
Dr Alexander Burka
/ Romain Hamet

20.00 Leisure time  

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
Director Liaison Office, International Academic Sciences, City of Bonn (retired)

10.45 Walk to Tram. Transfer together  

Bonn: United in diversity – a European City
Exploring the city of Bonn and it’s sites of international importance

Brigitte Müller, Ulrich Dreesen
  Return to GSI
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  
09.00 Walk to Tram. Transfer to Willy-Brandt-Allee 11 Stop: “Heussallee/Museumsmeile”


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, Bonn  
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?

Moderation: Lena Kronenbürger
Freelance writer, Editor-in-chief, 42 Magazine

Dr. Wolfgang Ressmann
president, Association of Community Media

Lina Kushch
First secretary, National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

Dr. Hendrik Schott
member of the board of the Association of European Journalists - German section

Michael Münz
Head of Project Management, GSI

18.00 Dinner  
Special cooperation with Bertelsmann Stiftung
18.30 Reception on invitation of the Bertelsmann Stiftung  

The future of EU integration: What are European common goods and why they are so important?

Moderation: Bernd Neuendorf
Prof. Dr. Christian Kastrop
Director, Program Europe´s Future
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Ophélie Omnes
Young European Federalists
Federal Committee
Ingrid Magnusson
European Affairs Manager, European Institute of Peace

20.30 Snacks from Rhineland – on invitation of the Bertelsmann-Stiftung  
breakfast! Check-out
07.00 Departure to Luxembourg  

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

Anne Schulz
11.30 Lunch

German Diplomacy in the most European of all EU member states
Lecture by the German Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Dr. Heinrich Kreft
German Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

13.30 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 judgements

Experts of the Court of Justice

17.00 Drive to the Hotel and Check In Hotel Goeres Luxembourg, Parc Plaza
17.30 - 18.30 Reflection on the lessons and information concerning the program

Anne Schulz
Head of 30th European GSI Summer School

19.15 Individual dinner in the city
breakfast Check-out, uploading the luggage  
9.30 - 11.30

Arrival at the European Investment Bank and security check
Visit of the European Investment Bank
Participants will hear a general presentation on the role and activities of the EIB with a questions and answers session at the end.

Olivia Saunders
Civil Society Officer

12.00-13.00 European GSI Summer School Blog

Romain Hamet

13.00 Lunch

14.30 -16.30

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

16.30 Bus transfer to Brussels  


Hotel Motel one
19.30 individual dinner and leisure time in the city
  Early breakfast!
08.00- 8.30

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 Christiaan Claus
Administrative Assistant, EPSO – European Personnel Selection Office
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 The digital single market Neda Angelova
Policy Assistant, Directorate-General Communications Networks, Content and Technology
12.30 Lunch  
14.00-16.00 The House of European History
Interactive tour through the House of European History

Experts of the House of European History


The work of NGOs in Europe
exposing the influence of money in politics – lecture and debate

Raphaël Kergueno
Policy Officer - EU Integrity, Transparency International EU

18.00 - 19.00

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

Aurora Hamm, Student
evening Individual dinner  
Until 09.00 Breakfast

Visit of the European Parliament
The impact of the election, the tasks 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

Experts of the European Council
17.00 Return to Bonn  
20.00 Dinner GSI  

Can the EU be reformed? Should it? And how?
The legitimacy of the European Union and the debate about new structures.

Anders Heger
doctoral student, Friedrich Schiller University Jena - alumnus

10.30 Coffee break


An accidental Brexit?
Prof. Welfens analyses the current state and the impact on Great Britain and the EU.

Prof. Dr. Paul J.J. Welfens
University of Wuppertal

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?

Julia Rittershaus
OCEANS Network

15.30 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
Handing over of Certificates

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 Good Bye and take care - end of the summer school