Description of the project:
In order to strengthen the bilateral dialogue between Germany and Poland, Europa-Union Deutschland – the German section of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) – together with a large number of partners organised a digital full-day German-Polish dialogue event on European values on Tuesday, 29 November 2022. Under the title "Our European values, our future. A German-Polish dialogue on the future of Europe", German and Polish citizens were able to discuss on various topics within the framework of a dialogue, with the involvement of numerous experts. Following a high-profile opening panel, impulse speeches on the topics of "Civil Society, Youth and Culture", "Economy and Climate" as well as "Foreign and Security Policy" were held, before citizens developed proposals and demands in small groups with regard to the political field.
A report on the event will be available here shortly. Further follow-up materials will also be made available here in due course.
Today, more than thirty years after the German-Polish Good-Neighbourliness Treaty of 1991, German-Polish relations face a multitude of problems and challenges. Despite the reconciliation process initiated in the 1970s after World War II, current debates are shaped by historical experiences. Therefore, mistrust often dominates the view of the respective neighbouring country. While Germany often accuses Poland of deficits in the rule of law, Poland has criticised Germany's energy policy and slow deliveries of military equipment since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. Despite these differences, how can we achieve a productive exchange about the future of Europe? How can we ensure that the populations of our countries do not become further alienated from each other?
The German-Polish Dialogue was organised by the non-party Europa-Union Deutschland e.V. and supported by the Press and Information Office of the German Federal Government. It is part of the citizens' dialogue project "Europe - We need to talk!" and takes place in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V., the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V., the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., the National Federation of Polish NGOs (OFOP), the Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE), the Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit and the Collegium Polonicum.