EM Germany Newsletter CW 25/2022 | Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova – Movement in the EU Enlargement
The EU is open to every European state. This principle is enshrined in the European Treaties in Article 49 TEU. The only restrictions are the values as laid down in Article 2 TEU: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, gender equality, justice, solidarity.
It is therefore all the more important that the European Council, which begins tomorrow with the EU-Western Balkans Summit, takes its own principles self-critically seriously. These days, our President, Linn Selle, will set out what the European integration landscape of democracy should look like and what responsibility the German government has with regard to its constitution and the coalition agreement: it is about more democracy, freedom and protection against authoritarian dictatorships and movements.
The German government should therefore make full use of the transformative potential of the EU accession perspective. The German Chancellor’s support for an accession perspective for Ukraine and Moldova is therefore right, but only an intermediate step. At the same time, the German government must use its political weight in Europe to ensure that the EU accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania are finally started as the next step.
Since 1948, the European Movement has stood for cross-border democracy. Our members are present on the ground all over Europe, our international network is the largest in Europe. With the help of European Public Diplomacy, we are jointly shaping the integration landscape of our continent, as recently in Turkey.
General Secretary of the European Movement Germany
EM Germany News
A democratic Europe needs a new public diplomacy | Because of the artificial separation of state, market and civil society since the 1980s, there is a lack of „small-scale democracy“ that is needed for strong and pluralistic representative democracies, according to EM Germany’s General-Secretary Bernd Hüttemann in his article for the journal „Internationale Politik Quarterly“. The public diplomacy approach offers the possibility of incorporating cross-border expertise from state and non-state actors in a structured manner and thereby strengthening and protecting the European model of freedom. | More
Turkish elephant in Europe – EM Germany strengthens European policy networking with Turkey | Loose ends paired with inextricable links. By highlighting this contrast, EM Germany’s General-Secretary Bernd Hüttemann describes the current EU-Turkey relations. At the recent „EM Germany Public Diplomacy Exclusive Turkey“ in Istanbul, a first background meeting with various actors was held in order to put Turkey back on the European political agenda before the Turkish elections in 2023. According to Hüttemann, the EU-Turkey relations can only be strengthened and the invisible elephant addressed through honest communication. | More (in German)
Social policy changes and European employment policy – EBD De-Briefing EPSCO | The EU’s social policy agenda was effectively pushed forward during the French Presidency also beyond the minimum wage directive. Florian Schierle, responsible Head of Department and European Affairs Representative of the Federal Ministry for Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), discussed the current topics of the EPSCO Council at the EM Germany’s De-Briefing on June 20th, 2022, and gave an outlook on the focus areas of the upcoming Czech Presidency. | More (in German)
War in Ukraine, climate change, global food security – EBD De-Briefing AGRIFISH | In view of the climate crisis and in particular the war in Ukraine, the challenge of global food security became the center of attention and requires swift action. In the EM Germany’s De-Briefing AGRIFISH, Dr. Jürgen Weis, Deputy Head of the Department for EU-Coordination in the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL), explained the current discussions and measures to deal with these crises in the AGRIFISH Council. | More (in German)
Directional decision by the Governing Council of the ECB – interest rate hike for the first time in eleven years | Will the interest rate hike counter Europe’s inflation and how will the ECB define its role for the future? At the EM Germany and EM Austria De-Briefing on the ECB, Gabriel Glöckler, Principal Adviser in the ECB Directorate General for Communications, and Tobias Linzert, Head of the Monetary Policy Section at the ECB, discussed the background to the decisions made by the Governing Council. | More (in German)
Between Dublin, Istanbul and Berlin – cross-border exchange with the European Movement Ireland | In May, Ireland took over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. On the question of how a democratic strengthening of the Council of Europe can succeed, EM Germany spoke with the Managing Director of the European Movement Ireland, Noelle O’Connell, and her Deputy Stephen O’Shea. | More
In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the EM Germany hosts its events as video conferences whenever possible.
27.06.2022 | „EM Germany De-Briefing European Council“ with representatives of the Federal Government, and an initial comment by Michael Gahler MEP, Vice President of EM Germany. The event will be moderated by EM Germany’s General-Secretary Bernd Hüttemann.
08.07.2022 | „EM Germany Briefing: Commission direct“ with Dr. Sabine Weyand, Head of the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission. The subsequent discussion is moderated by EM Germany‘ s Secretary-General Bernd Hüttemann.
13.07.2022 | „EM Germany Briefing Czech EU Council Presidency“ with Tomáš Kafka, Czech Ambassador to Germany, and Sibylle Sorg, Head of the European Department at the Federal Foreign Office. The initial comment is made by Dr. Jörg Wojahn, Representative of the European Commission in Germany, and Dr. Linn Selle, President of EM Germany. The event will be moderated by EM Germany’s General-Secretary Bernd Hüttemann.
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