„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.

Participants and Requirements

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Registration deadline extended

30.6.2019

Responsible

for conference organisation:
Marcus Wolf
Tel.: +49 228 8107-933
m.wolf(at)gsi-bonn.de

for the program:
Anne Schulz
Research Manager
Tel.: +49 228 8107-190
a.schulz(at)gsi-bonn.de

 

Gefördert durch die:

Programme

Programme

 

 

until 11.00

Welcome to GSI Bonn
Arrival of the participants and organisational tasks

GSI Team
12.00 Lunch at GSI Restaurant

14.00

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

15.00 Coffee break
15.30 – 17.30 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

Opening of the European GSI Summer School



Dr hc. Erik Bettermann
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)

19.45-21.15

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
Head of Project Management, 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-Bika
Polregio e.V. –Alumna

Celia Conde
Pau Costa Foundation

21.15-22.30

30 Years of European exchange
An international get-together

Alumni, participants
Partners of the European GSI Summer
School

9.00-10.30

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 - 12.00

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

12.00-13.15

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)

Holger-Michael Arndt
honorary consul of the Republic of North Macedonia

Expert
Universität Duisburg-Essen

13.15 Lunch at GSI Restaurant
 

Special supported by NRW:
Beneluxjahr.NRW 2019 – European regions
Cooperation - the fundament for mutual success

event open to the public
14.00-14.35

Lecture
The Benelux Union - a story of success

Dr Doris Gau
Verbindungsreferentin des Landes NRW bei der Benelux-Union in Brüssel

14.25-15.35

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
Verbindungsreferentin des Landes NRW bei der Benelux-Union in Brüssel

With Tom Lamers
deputy managing director, EUREGIO
and experts from Euregio Rhein Maas, Euregio Rhein-Waal

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 – 17.45

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 Introduction, overview and Information about the programme Giving Europe a home –
European Simulation Game - Introduction

Holger-Michael Arndt/
Dr Alexander Burka

20.00 Leisure time  
09.30-10.45

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  
11.30-13.00

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

Team of the Summer School
  Return to GSI
13.15 Lunch at GSI Restaurant
14.00-15.30

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

16.00-19.00

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”
   

09.45-11.15

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  
16.00-17.30

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  
19.30-21.00

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

Prof. Dr. Christian Kastrop
Director, Program Europe´s Future
Bertelsmann Stiftung
and other European experts

breakfast! Check-out
07.00 Departure to Luxembourg  
10.00-10.30

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
12.00-13.00

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  
14.00-16.00

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
18.30 Evaluation and Information about the further 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

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

Experts of the European Parliament

12.15-13.00 Summer School Evaluation
Analysis of the debates and presentations
Questions and Answers

Anne Schulz

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  
 

Check-in

Hotel Motel one
19.30 individual dinner and leisure time in the city
 

Exploring Bruxelles

  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 Experts of the European Commission
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 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  
15.00-16.30

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

Expert, NGO

16.30-17.30 Summer School Evaluation and coffee break

Anne Schulz

17.30

After-work meeting of European trainees at Place de Luxembourg

 
evening Individual dinner  
Until 09.00 Breakfast
10.00-12.30

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

Experts of the House of European History

13.00 Individual Lunch
14.30

Council of the European Union
The European Council’s role in Foreign Affairs, the negotiations about Brexit

Experts of the European Council
17.00

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, (approx.. 3 h drive)  
20.00 Lunch GSI  
  Summer School Blog
the experience of a digital co-working space
Anne Schulz
  Morning programme: Lectures by young scientists  
09.30-10.30

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

11.00-12.00

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

young scientists

12.00-13.00

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

young scientists
13.00 Lunch at the GSI restaurant
14.00-15.00

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

Julia Rittershaus
OCEANS Network

15.00-16.00

Shaping Europe: A scenario
Interactive Workshops in groups

Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka

16.00 Coffee break
16.30-18.30

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

Antje Schlamm
DAAD

Andreas Buschmann
Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds

Christian Witbraad
SK Stiftung Internationale Begegnung

Anne Schulz
GSI

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

11.30-13.00

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