With great sadness and in deep gratitude we bid farewell to our institute co-founder Arno Krause

We mourn the loss of Arno Krause, a great European and a tireless advocate of the European project, who died on 12 January 2018 at the age of 87. He was a visionary and at the same time a practical guide to the imple­men­tation of the European idea. At the end of the 1950s, he played a key role in founding the Institute for European Politics, origi­nally the “Educa­tional Center for European Politics”, as a training and research insti­tution for the European movement

In 1949, he was one of the founding members of the Europa-Union Deutschland in Saarland and respon­sible for the construction and later the management of the Europa-Haus Otzen­hausen, known today as Europäische Akademie Otzen­hausen (EAO) in the early 1950s that he devel­opment in the following decades and made it known far beyond the Saarland. He was also a co-founder of the Inter­na­tional Feder­ation of European Houses (FIME), an associ­ation of European educa­tional insti­tu­tions. In 1992, he succeeded in founding the Asko-Europa-Stiftung and thus anchoring the European idea within the German foundation landscape. As its Honorary Chairman, he advocated for a further Europeanization of the Saar-Lor-Lux region in recent years.

For his services in the dissem­i­nation of the European idea, Arno Krause received numerous national and inter­na­tional honors and awards, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. We will remember Arno Krause as an inspi­ra­tional role model in shaping Europe with a lifelong, untiring commitment and as a formative person­ality, who has shaped our institute as an Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees with a sharp mind and passion over the decades. He was an outstanding European who will miss when shaping the future of Europe in the years to come.

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