Keeping Europe Together

The corona pandemic is the “greatest test for the European Union in its history”. Even before the spread of the coronavirus, differing views on solidarity, democracy and the rule of law, sovereignty and how to deal with one's own history threatened the cohesion of the EU. In the current crisis, existing rifts are deepening and new conflicts are breaking out.

In these times of existential challenges, Körber-Stiftung would like to contribute to the revival of the European sense of community with its focus topic “Keeping Europe Together”. With a view to the German EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020, we would like to pay special attention to Germany's contribution.

Our goals

In a dialogue with partners in politics and society, it provides stimuli for debate:

  • How the EU's cohesion, capacity to act and legitimacy can be strengthened despite profound differences between the member states
  • How the EU's fundamental values, in particular democracy and the rule of law, can be protected
  • What lessons can be learnt from the history of European integration to overcome the current crisis
  • How ways out of the crisis and (economic) reconstruction can be created effectively and collectively.

With a view to the German EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020, we would like to pay special attention to Germany's contribution.


With its focus topic “Keeping Europe Together”, Körber-Stiftung is contributing to the debate on the past, present and future of the European project. To this end, the foundation addresses the challenges of European integration, foreign and security policy, as well as the historical roots of current conflicts. Questions of political culture, the politics of history, identity and values as well as prospects for cooperation at state, supranational and civil society levels are also central to the focus topic.

The partners in this dialogue are social thought leaders, (foreign) policy makers and multipliers of cross-border understanding. Körber-Stiftung attaches particular importance to bringing representatives of the next generation into an exchange with one another.

The aim of this dialogue work is to name different points of view and values and to identify commonalities. Körber-Stiftung wants to strengthen actors in politics and society who are committed to a common vision of the European project.

“Keeping Europe together” is a focus topic in the field of action “International Dialogue”.


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Relations between Britain and Germany have a long history of easily disappointed expectations. Historian Helene von Bismarck outlines why the Brexit negotiations during Germany’s EU Council Presidency ought to be discussed bearing that past in mind.

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At the start of Germany’s presidency over the EU Council during a time of exceptional challenges, Körber-Stiftung hosted award-winning historian Philipp Ther for an online debate on the past and current state of the Union.

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The Value of Europe (EUSTORY Summit 2018)

From 14 to 19 November 2018, the Körber-Stiftung together with its partners organised the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit in Berlin to focus on the processes of making, negotiating and maintaining peace in Europe. The EUSTORY Summit gave 120 young people from Europe and beyond the opportunity to dive into and explore history together with experts from the field of academia, journalism, education and arts. As part of the Körber-Stiftung’s focus topic „The Value of Europe“ we asked young people about the most important European values and their concerns about Europe’s future.


"We should understand the frustrations of Central European countries"

Despite marked differences between Western and Central Eastern European countries regarding issues of the rule of law and migration policy, the French politician and former Director-General of the WTO Pascal Lamy remains convinced of a fundamental common European identity. Pascal Lamy talked to Körber Foundation during the first Paris Peace Forum that took place from 11 to 13 November 2018.


Germans and Poles: Common history divides the European neighbours

Germans and Poles disagree on whether the sacrifices that the Polish people have made throughout history have been sufficiently recognised by the international public. This shows the “German Polish Barometer 2018” that was presented on the Körber History Forum. It also shows: the neighbours seem to hardly know each other.


Nora Müller
Executive Director
Head of Department International Affairs

+49 • 30 • 206 267 - 60
Twitter @muellernora

Gabriele Woidelko
Head of Department History and Politics

+49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 160
Twitter @Woidelko

Twitter @KoerberHistory

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