Historical experience and the reunification of Europe

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Historical experience and the reunification of Europe

december 3 @ 09:30 - 16:00

The Otto von Habsburg Foundation and Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade have the pleasure to invite you to the

Historical experience and the reunification of Europe

conference to be held on the

3rd December 2019 (Tuesday) at 09.30

at the

Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

13-15. Bérc Street, Budapest 1016

The event is public but registration is required.

Please register until the 1st December.

The event will be held in English.

Please note that any audiovisual recording of the event can only be made upon the prior express, written approval of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.


9:00 – 9:30  



9:30 – 9:50 Welcome notes by

Márton Ugrósdy, Director, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Gergely Prőhle, Director, Otto von Habsburg Foundation, Hungary

9:50 – 10:10  

‘Reuniting Europe from a historian perspective’

Introductory lecture by Gergely Romsics, Senior Research Fellow, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


10:10 –11:40 Panel 1: ‘How did it start and where does it lead? – Presence and future of EU from the historical perspective of leading member states’

Jarosław Wiśniewski, Visiting Fellow, Research on South Eastern Europe, London School of Economics

‘A historical European power’s controversial membership and the support of European reunification’

Tamás Levente Molnár, Research Fellow, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

‘German European project – integration priorities and the Western Balkans’

Gergely Fejerdy, Researcher, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

‘The other end of the European locomotive – the French priorities for the integration and return to the Balkans’


11:40 – 12:10  

Coffee break


12:10 –13:40 Panel 2: ‘Return to Europe – EU integration experience after the end of the Cold War era – Bridge towards the Balkans’

Mateusz Gniazdowski, Deputy Director, Center for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland

‘Participating in the Berlin process as a Visegrad country – the V4 and the support of the EU integration process of the Western Balkans’

Christina Griessler, Research Fellow, Network for Political Communication, Andrássy University

‘Austria and the EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans’

András Klein, Head of Department for the Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

‘The Hungarian European integration experience and the appreciation of the Western Balkans’


13:40 –14:10  

Coffee break


14:10 –15:40 Panel 3: ‘The way is long and rocky – the benefits and challenges of the European integration process for the Western Balkans’

Dušan Janjić, President, Forum for Ethnic Relations, Serbia

‘Being in the same boat? – normalization of relations of Kosovo and Serbia and the European integration process’

Adea Pirdeni, Senior Expert, Cooperation and Development Institute

‘Conditionality – the dilemma of objective and political assessment’

Dragan Tilev, State counsellor for EU Affairs, Secretariat for European Affairs, Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

‘Someone can always say a ‘NO’ – the difficulties of preserving credibility at domestic and European level’


15:40 Closing reception



december 3
09:30 - 16:00
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