European GSI Summer School 2018

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.



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The 29th 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 14.- 23. September 2018 richtet das GSI zum mittelerweise 29. 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.


for conference organisation:
Ms. Jennifer Hoppenstock
Tel.: +49 228 8107-171

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

Programm (deutsch)


until 11.00 Arrival of the participants Organization, get together
12.00 Lunch at GSI Restaurant
13.00 - 13.30 Welcome to the 29th European GSI Summer School Dr Ansgar Burghof, Chairman & Director, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute
Antje Schlamm, Head of Section Scholarship Programmes East Central Europe, South East Europe, Turkey, German Academic Exchange Service
13.30 - 15.00 Opening of the European Summer Academy 2018
Introduction of the team and the participants, brief presentation of the program, facts and figures, intention and methods, The European Summer Academy Blog
Anne Schulz, Research Manager, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 - 17.00 Interactive Debate: Let’s talk about future: wishes, fears and tasks concerning Europe Nina Katzemich, EU-Campaignerin LobbyControl
Martin Mödder, President, Young European Federalists, North Rhine-Westphalia
Judith Schilling, Deputy Head of Regional Representation of the European Commission, Bonn
Brigit Wichmann, Pulse of Europe, Bonn
Moderation: Michael Münz, Head of Project Management, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute
17.15 - 18.45 Workshop: The political system of the EU
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 & Cultural Scientist, Managing Director CIVIC Institute, Vienna
18.45 Dinner at GSI Restaurant
20.00 - 21.30 Europa-Bingo
An international come together
Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka
8.00 Breakfast at GSI Restaurant  
09.00 - 10.30 Economic key-player versus guardian of human rights? (Part 1)
Talking about solidarity in the EU
Lecture and debate

The debate about the new government in Italy, the economic situation in Greece, refugee politics in Hungary, Poland and Austria reveals different definitions of the European status quo.
The member states follows different paths towards cooperation and consensus. Dr. Born explains the ideas and aims of the European integration. The reflection of the basics of the European Union shows tasks, problems and methods of resolution solutions in the future.

Dr Jürgen Born, Department Economics, Labour and Social Affairs, Institute for Church and Society, Evangelical Church of Westphalia
10.30 Coffee break  
11.00 - 11.45

Economic key-player versus guardian of human rights? (Part 2)
Talking about solidarity in the EU
Lecture and debate

Dr. Jürgen Born

12.00 - 13.30

Legitimacy of the EU and accusations of a democratic deficit

Anders Heger, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, doctoral studies at the department of European Studies
13.30 Lunch at GSI Restaurant  
14.30 - 15.30 Good friends, successful competitors?!
The relationship between the EU and the USA is an important issue. Foreign policies or economic affairs – the rules of cooperation are changing, in a very fast way. How will be transatlantic relation in future? What does the ordinary American citizen think of the EU? Is there an influence of the European voice on the public debate in The United States? Which expectations are existing towards the European Partner and vice versa?

Prof. Dr. Daniel Walther, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, German Institute Director, and Gerald R. Kleinfeld Chair in German History, Wartburg College, USA

15.30 Coffee break  
16.00 - 17.30 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)

18.00 Dinner at GSI Restaurant  
19.00-19.45 Technical Information about the Insta-Walk (and WLAN) Marcus Wolf, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute
19.45 - 20.30 Giving Europe a home – European-Simulation-Game

Holger-Michael Arndt,
Dr. Alexander Burka

08.30 Breakfast at GSI Restaurant  
09.30 - 10.45

Bonn – a European City that masters change

Dr Maria Hohn-Berghorn, Director Liaison Office, International Academic Sciences, City of Bonn


Insta-Walk: United in diversity
The European history experience

Michèle Lichte, Bloggerin, Bonn
13.00 Lunch at GSI Restaurant  
14.00 - 15.30

Giving Europe a home – European-Simulation-Game (Workshop)
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 Coffeebreak  
16.00 - 19.00

Giving Europe a home – European-Simulation-Game

Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr. Alexander Burka

19.00 Dinner at GSI Restaurant  
20.00 leisure time in the city or elswhere  
8.00 Breakfast at GSI Restaurant  
09.00 - 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
14.00 - 16.15

The European Union and the Arabic States
Lecture and discussion
The role of the EU concerning refugee politics,in Cooperation with the German Jordanian University.

Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann, Vice President for International Affairs, German Jordanian University

16.30 - 18.00

Creative Europe Desk KULTUR
Financial support of projects, programs in the fields of culture

Lea Stöver, Creative Europe Desk KULTUR

18.00 Dinner at GSI Restaurant  
19.00 - 20.30

"Wir gemeinsam in Europa – ein Blick aus der Slowakei" in Kooperation mit dem Auswärtigen Amt und der Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Pressburg (public debate)
Discussion with the German ambassador to Slovakia, former Director for Relations with EU Member States, Cross-Border and Regional Cooperation at the Federal Foreign Office

Joachim Bleicker, German Ambassador to the Slovak Republic
Moderation: Ute Lange, Journalist, International Affairs

Early breakfast  
08.00 Departure to Luxembourg  
11.00 - 12.00

Schengen and the freedom to travel (visit)
Schengen as a historical place of European Cooperation.

Anne Schulz Research Manager, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute

12.00 Lunch and further drive  
13.30 - 15.30

The European Court of Justice (visit, lecture)

Presentation of the Courts Work.
16.30 - 18.00

“German Diplomacy in the most European of all EU member states”,

by Dr Heinrich Kreft, German Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

19.30 Individual dinner in the city
09.00 - 10.30
Group 1

The European Court of Auditors (visit, lecture)
The guardian of the financial interests of the citizens of the Union. The ECA’s role as the EU’s independent external auditor.

09.00 - 10.30
Group 2

Summer School Evaluation, Anne Schulz

11.00 - 12.30
Group 2

The European Court of Auditors (visit, lecture)
The guardian of the financial interests of the citizens of the Union. The ECA’s role as the EU’s independent external auditor.

11.00 - 12.30
Group 1

Summer School Evaluation, Anne Schulz

13.00 Individual lunch  
13.00 - 16.00 Bus transfer to Brussels  
17.00 - 19.00 Exploring Brussels (guided tour)
Visiting the heart of EU, the Belgium way of life, gentrification and the historical sites of culture and commerce.

Dr Bruno du Ban
19.00 individual dinner and leisure time in the city  
8.00 Breakfast  
08.55 - 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

Oliver Drewes, Member of the Speaker’s team, Directorate General Communication

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break  
11.00 - 12.00 EU career opportunities and selection procedure traineeship Anne-Claire Gathoye, Information and Communication Assistant, EPSO – European Personnel Selection Office
12.00 - 13.00

EU Anti-Fraud and corruption policy

Matus Minarik, Policy Officer, OLAF - European Anti-Fraud Office
13.15 - 14.00 Restaurant Charlemagne  
14.00 - 17.00 Council of the European Union (visit, lecture)
The European Council’s role in Foreign Affairs, the negotiations about Brexit
18.00 Place de Luxembourg, after-work meeting of European trainees, individual dinner  
8.00 Breakfast  
09.00 - 10.30

The work of NGOs in Europe

Theresa Crysmann, Corporate Europe Observatory (tbc)


The House of European History (visit of the exhibition)
Guided tour

14.00 individual lunch  
15.00 Return to Bonn  
18.00 Dinner at the GSI Restaurant  
19.00 - 20.30

Evaluation: The Summer School Blog

Anne Schulz, Research Manager, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute
8.00 Breakfast  
09.30 - 10.30

Lectures by young scientists

Programme for revolution: Imperial Germany, the Great War and regime changes in historical perspective.

Jeannot Fritschen, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, MA International History
10.30 Coffee break  
11.00 - 12.00

Lectures by young scientists

Migration and Integration and Challenges of the EU


Isinsu Torun, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, MA Language, Literature and Culture

12.00 - 13.00

Lectures by young scientists

Brexit and the future implications for trade relations between the UK, the EU, and third-party countries


Kayla Baczewski, Graduate, Class of 2017, Grossman School of Business University of Vermont (UVM), Masters of European Studies Program at Hochschule Bremen

13.00 Lunch at the GSI Restaurant  
14.00 - 15.30

The European Union: ZEI Monitor: EU Progress 2014-2019

Robert Stüwe, Research fellow, Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), University of Bonn

15.30 Coffee break  
16.00 - 18.30 Continuation Shaping Europe

(Interactive Workshop)
Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka
18.30 Dinner at the GSI Restaurant  
19.00 - 23.00

Farewell party with invited guests
Handing over of Certificates

8.30 Breakfast  
09.00 - 11.30 Scenario results
Current challenges for the European Union
Holger-Michael Arndt
Dr Alexander Burka
11.30 - 13.00 The European Summer Academy Blog / Evaluation of the Summer School (debate)
Discussion, how the view of the EU & its politics changed during the last 10 days.
Anne Schulz, Research Manager, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute
13.00 Farewell Lunch at GSI Restaurant  
  Afterwards: End of the Summer School