- 5 October 2015
Public Program | Discussion “Fortress Europe under siege – a challenge for solidarity”
On October 5, 201 5 the Aspen Institute Germany and the Embassy of Italy organized a panel discussion in the “Refugee’s Church Berlin” (Flüchtlingskirche) to tackle questions regarding the refugee crisis. The growing numbers of refugees heading for Europe are testing European solidarity. As there is no sign of an end to the seemingly endless stream of refugees, each EU Member State is confronted with an enormous humanitarian challenge. As the vast majority of refugees seems to have chosen Germany as their destination, this challenge holds especially true for Federal Republic. How can Europe account for its humanitarian responsibilities? What means could appropriately and sufficiently accommodate the needs of such large quantities of refugees? How can the European Union support and assist authorities in the Western Balkans, the Mediterranean Sea and the Horn of Africa, which lie on the path of refugees and are home to migrants searching for economical stability or asylum in other countries themselves? What consequences will the refugee crisis bring for the EU? What roll can and must Germany assume in this regard and how can its municipalities deal with this task? Among the discussants were:
H .E. Pietro Benassi, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Federal Republic of Germany,
Harald Glöde, Board Member, boderline-europe – Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e. V.,
Elisabeth Kotthaus, Political Affairs Department, Representation Office of the EU Commission in Germany,
Envoy Boro Šuput, Chargé d’affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Federal Republic of Germany,
Michael Tetzlaff, Head of Department Migration, Refugees, European Harmonisation, Federal Ministry of the Interior.
The panel discussion was chaired by Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany.