Catholic Universities in Europe
German Embassy Diplomat Speaks to Students during Catholic University's Europe Day
Students celebrate Europe Day at Catholic University on February 25, 2014. (© Germany.info)
Students at Catholic University gathered on February 25 to celebrate Europe Day - a campus event that specifically highlighted Germany's role in Europe. Carrying EU and German flags, students eagerly filled up a room to listen to an informative speech about Germany's evolving role.
Karlfried Bergner, Minister of Culture and Communications at the German Embassy in Washington, spoke to almost fifty students about the changes Germany has undergone and its current role in the European Union.
"The year 2014 has given us ample opportunity to look back: where do German-European convictions come from?" Bergner said. "It gives us an opportunity to look back at the major things that have been accomplished over the past decades in Europe, but also the monumental risks tied to these achievements. Particularly for Germany, 2014 is a year of remembrance."
The year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I, which US diplomat George F. Kennan called the "great seminal catastrophe of the 21st century." The memory of the war serves as a constant reminder of the failures of foreign policy and the effect they can have on the world.
Karlfried Bergner, Minister of Culture and Communications, speaks to students at Catholic University's Europe Day event. (© Germany.info) The year 2014 also marks 75 years since the start of World War II and the demise of the first German parliamentary democracy in 1933, after which the darkest chapter in German history took its course. This was followed by the Cold War - and exactly 25 years ago, the triumphant fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany only a year later.
"For a long time, peace as hundreds of millions of Europeans know it today was not given, " Bergner told students. "It is therefore all the more remarkable that something so positive could rise up out of the horrors of two world wars and the resulting decades-long division of Germany. Today, peace, security and stability prevail in Europe."
Germany is deeply integrated in Europe and a valuable leader in the EU. As an anchor of stability and an engine of growth in Europe, Germany is promoting a strong EU.