Report on Citizen Dialogue: „Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!“ in Erfurt
Europa-Union Deutschland (EUD) together with Institut für Europäische Politik invited citizens to debate on about European internal and external borders in the dialogue forum „Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!“ in Erfurt on 15th March, 2016. Issues discussed were the future of Schengen, the European Refugee Policy, the freedom of movement and the economic and social opportunities of a united Europe. Furthermore, the question was raised, when the European project will be stretched to its limits. What is the state of the EU’s ability to actEU-agency? Is there still solidarity between member states? And what will the future hold for the European idea?
At the dialogue forum, citizens discussed with politicians and experts about the future of Schengen, the freedom to travel, the even more fundamental freedom of movement, and also, how the migration crisis can be coped with on a European level. Will Europe become “Fortress Europe”? Are there viable alternatives? Do we need once again border controls, walls and fences? Or do these developments, in fact, jeopardise European solidarity and in the end maybe even our freedom? What about the achievements of free movement and open borders?
Upcoming civil dialogues on the topic “Europe’s Borders” will take place on May 4 in Augsburg and on May 26 in Hamburg.
You can find a report about the event on the EUD-website.
Further information about the event and EUD citizens dialogues are available here.