Saturday, 05 april 2014
“Let’s redesign Europe” – This will be the theme of Dany Cohn-Bendit’s ‘fresh start’. A fresh start because 2014 will mark the end of an era in which as a MEP, Dany Cohn-Bendit embodied the European dream through his speeches, writings and actions both within and outside the EU institutions.
This may well mark the end of a period, but not the end of the dream. Our discussions on the future of the EU and its institutions won't stop here... Furthermore, the last few years have provided ample material for critical examination: economic crisis, financial storm, Eurozone governance, crawling renationalisation of EU, confidence crisis of Europeans, lack of democratic legitimacy, etc. The European project, as a postwar peace and reconciliation project, is no longer able to inspire citizens. "Technocracy", "distant", "a Europe made by elites for elites". The divorce is evident. This crisis is therefore a huge challenging for the European Union and means it must reinvent the European project and redefine its hopes and ambitions.
Opening : Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament
Roundtable - Europe, this strange continent?
Moderation: Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms
Rountable - The Europe Utopia: Back to the Future?
Moderation: Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Jean Quatremer
Roundtable - National medias and Europe : je t'aime, moi non plus?
Opening by Monica Frassoni, Co-President of the European Green Party
Moderation: Daniel Cohn-Bendit and José Bové