War and Peace 1945-2015

06.05.2015 - 09:00
- 06.05.2015 - 12:45
Last Updated: 07.05.2015 - 12:37
Espace Yehudi Menuhin, European Parliament, Brussels

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In 2015, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 laid the foundations for durable European peace, which was formalised by the Helsinki Accords of 1975. Now its very existence is challenged, as Putin’s Russia is redrawing Europe’s borders by force and attempting a new Yalta.

In Europe, 8 May is a day of remembrance and commemoration. In Russia, the Victory Day celebrations consolidate the official narrative of the Great Patriotic War, mobilising the Russian people for an increased confrontation with the West.

Against this backdrop, the conference “War and Peace 1945-2015” will reflect on the politics of the commemoration and on how to preserve the European peace order, to defend the values for which Europeans, East and West, have paid a high price during and after the War.

The conference is organised by the EPP Group in the European Parliament, the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

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Speaking at this Event
Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, former...
Housum Professor of History at Yale University, Author of...
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Registration and welcome coffee
Opening of the conference
Sandra KALNIETE, Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
Hans-Gert Pöttering, Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, former President of the European Parliament
Keynote speech: ‘The Second World War in Europe: Beginnings and Endings’
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, Author of 'Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin'
Questions & answers
Sandra KALNIETE, Moderator
Panel discussion: ‘The Myth of The Great Patriotic War and European Peace Order Today'
Françoise Thom, Historian, Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne
Andrey Zubov, Historian and Political Scientist, former Professor at MGIMO University, Moscow
Jacek Tebinka, Professor of History at Gdansk University
Boris Reitschuster, Journalist and author of 'Putins Demokratur'
Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Moderator: Alexander Brakel, Deputy Head of Scientific Services, Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Questions & answers
Alexander Brakel, Moderator
Tomi Huhtanen, Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies



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