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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
Sandra KALNIETE
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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Wednesday
09:00
Registration and welcome coffee
10:00
Opening of the conference
Speakers
Sandra KALNIETE, Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
Bio
Hans-Gert Pöttering, Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, former President of the European Parliament
Bio
10:15
Keynote speech: ‘The Second World War in Europe: Beginnings and Endings’
Speakers
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, Author of 'Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin'
Bio
Questions & answers
Speakers
Sandra KALNIETE, Moderator
11:00
Panel discussion: ‘The Myth of The Great Patriotic War and European Peace Order Today'
Speakers
Françoise Thom, Historian, Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne
Bio
Andrey Zubov, Historian and Political Scientist, former Professor at MGIMO University, Moscow
Bio
Jacek Tebinka, Professor of History at Gdansk University
Bio
Boris Reitschuster, Journalist and author of 'Putins Demokratur'
Bio
Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Bio
Moderator: Alexander Brakel, Deputy Head of Scientific Services, Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Bio
Questions & answers
Speakers
Alexander Brakel, Moderator
12:45
Conclusion
Speakers
Tomi Huhtanen, Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Bio

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