With its focus topic “The Value of Europe”, the Körber Foundation is making a contribution to the debate on the past, present, and future of the European project. It pays special attention to the question of how a new split along the former “Iron Curtain” can be avoided. The Körber Foundation’s efforts to foster dialogue are geared towards strengthening political and societal actors who are committed to a common vision of the European project.

Our goals

The fall of the Iron Curtain and the eastern enlargement of the EU represented important steps towards overcoming the division of Europe. However, a quarter of a century after the dawn of a new era in 1989, Europe is threatened with a new split: politically, socially, and culturally, Western and Central Eastern European countries are drifting apart. Different ideas of democracy and the rule of law, but also of sovereignty, solidarity, social order, and one’s own history, now represent a critical challenge to the process of European integration. A common understanding of what constitutes the value of Europe appears to have been lost.

The Körber Foundation is convinced:

  • That the path of integration and growing together, which began with the reunification of Eastern and Western Europe in 1989, and which found clear expression in the EU’s eastern enlargement, should be continued
  • That a more intense dialogue with the EU’s Central Eastern European member states on the value of Europe, European values, and the future of integration is required
  • That the liberal democratic order is an achievement which must be defended in Europe.

With its focus topic “The Value of Europe”, the Körber Foundation is making a contribution to the debate on the past, present, and future of the European project. It pays special attention to the question of how a new split along the former “Iron Curtain” can be avoided.

In so doing, the Foundation addresses 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 perspectives of cooperation at the state, supranational and civil society levels are also central to the focus topic. The partners in this dialogue are opinion leaders, (foreign) policy decision makers, and multipliers in the field of cross-border cooperation. For the Körber Foundation it is especially important to promote an inter-generational exchange.

The Körber Foundation’s efforts to foster dialogue are geared towards recognizing different values and points of view, while at the same time seeking to identify commonalities. The Körber Foundation sets out to strengthen political and societal actors who are committed to a common vision of the European project, thus sending out a clear signal against splitting tendencies and centrifugal forces, and making a contribution to European cohesion.

News


News

For the first time the Körber History Reflection Group brings together 20 distinguished international experts to discuss in Minsk on 6 December issues related to the politics of memory. The issue of overcoming divisions that follow from conflicting views on history in Europe’s former ‘bloodlands’ will be at the heart of the confidential debates.

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News

On November 11th, Poland commemorated regaining its statehood 100 years ago. The central Independence Day march in Warsaw highlighted deep social and political divisions between the government and opposition, who took issue with the involvement of far-right nationalist groups. The historian Andrzej Nowak talks about this year’s celebrations.

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Magazine


 
Interview

"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. continue


 
Publication

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. continue

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Florian Bigge
Focus Topic Manager
Area of Activities “International Dialogue”

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Nora Müller
Executive Director
Head of Department International Affairs

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Gabriele Woidelko
Head of Department History and Politics

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