22nd International WDR Europaforum 2019

Shaping Europe together

Time for a new European confidence

Foreign Office Berlin | 23 May 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 22nd International WDR Europaforum addresses new topics in the European debate on the future, and will hold a one-day conference with top European politicians at the German Foreign Office in Berlin on 23 May 2019 – three days before the European elections in Germany.

The election to the European Parliament 2019 is one of the most important elections in Europe. The balance of power in the European Parliament may shift as a result of the strengthening of nationalist parties. Eurosceptic movements are endangering cohesion in Europe. Is Europe at a turning point?

Euro, migration, security, defence, globalisation, populism and the expected exit from the EU of the United Kingdom are among the challenges currently facing the European Union. What kind of Europe di we want, how should it look, and how far do we in the EU want to go together? It is time for a new European confidence – time to shape Europe together.

France is advocating the new foundation of a “confident Europe”, with a European Union that, according the German ideal, “strengthens multilateralism”. Relationships with the USA, Russia and China must be realigned. Competitiveness, industrial policy, youth unemployment and other pioneering issues for Europe’s future are urgent. An active Europe with the capability to take is action is required now more than ever.

Just before the European elections in Germany on 26 May, a topical Europe-political forum for television, radio and the internet is being held by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, Österreichischer Rundfunk and the ARD/ZDF event and documentary channel Phoenix, together with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, which shall host the event on its premises in Berlin.

The event is being organised and staged by the WDR TV editorial office, together with the European CIVIS Media Foundation for Integration in Cologne. The editor-in-chief is Michael Radix, WDR TV editorial office.