6 April 2016
Public Program | Exclusive Dinner and Debate: “Europe and the Refugee Crisis: a Split Between Humanity and Realpolitik”
On April 6, 2016, on the invitation of H.E. Pietro Benassi, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted an exclusive dinner and debate on “Europe and the Refugee Crisis: a Split Between Humanity and Realpolitik” with opening remarks by Dr. Otto Schily, Former Federal Minister of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany, followed by comments from H.E. Hüseyin Avni Karshoğlu, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Berlin. The lively discussion was moderated by Rüdiger Lentz. The festive evening event on April 6 was followed by the launch of the „Aspen European Initiative“ (AEI) in Berlin on April 7. The Aspen European Initiative is the general framework for enhanced cooperation among all seven Aspen European Partners, designed to tackle key-strategic issues of great relevance for Europe. The April event focused on the current refugee crisis and is impact on the unity and security of the European Union. Under the leadership of chairwoman Marta Dassú, Aspen Italia, representatives from Aspen Italia, Aspen Prague, Aspen Romania, and Aspen Kyiv discussed how to best build collaboration and cohesion among themselves.