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Home News A European success story? An online premiere of documentary film

A European success story? An online premiere of documentary film

1989 represents a turning point in history, both for Central Europe and the whole European continent. In East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia or Hungary, democratic opposition managed in a short period to peacefully oust communist elites that had been ruling their countries for several decades. Hence, between 1989 and 1991 the new political elites were able to reunify successfully with a democratic neighbour (Germany) or build the democratic foundations of their states (Czechia, Poland, Hungary). The German reunification in 1990 itself can be considered as the preliminary step of the integration of Central Europe with the rest of the continent. Meanwhile, the democratic and economic transitions of the 1990s constituted necessary preconditions for Central European countries to achieve their accession to the Euro-Atlantic organisations such as the European Union and NATO. The transition was sometimes painful but successful, as 2004 became the symbol of unity of the European continent with the biggest ever European Union enlargement. Germany played a particularly important role in that process as the most significant advocate of the accession of Central European countries to the EU.

AGENDA

17:00-17:10 – Official opening, Piotr Grzelak, Vice-Mayor for Sustainable Development and Housing, City of Gdańsk

17:10- 17:20 – Presentation of the project: Adam Balcer, Senior Fellow, WiseEuropa

17:20-17:40 – Screening of the film “A European success story? Central Europe from democratic revolutions to EU accession (1989-2004) and beyond”

17:40-18.40 – Debate

Moderator: Adam Balcer, Senior Fellow, WiseEuropa

Panelists:
1. Istvan Hegedus, Chairman, Hungarian Europe Society, former Vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament, Hungary
2. Vít Beneš, Lecturer, International Relations and European Studies Department, Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic
3. Magda Krzyżanowska-Mierzewska, LL.M., former Head of Division at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, Poland
4. Markus Meckel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of GDR (Apr-Aug 1990), Member of German Bundestag (1990-2009)

18:40-19:00 – Q&A Session



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