The Treaty of Rome

Birth of the European Union. Integration despite Crisis? Crisis Talk in Brussels

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On 25 March 1957 Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany signed the Treaty of Rome thereby establishing the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community. The treaty laid the foundation for further European integration. It was the visionary answer to the catastrophe of the Second World War. Sixty years later, at the backdrop of the challenges the EU is currently facing, we must ask ourselves what lessons can be learned from these early beginnings. This is what we should like to discuss with you only a few days after the heads of state celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Crisis Talks by the Leibniz Research Alliance »Crises in a globalised world«

In the European Union crises have always been an important driver for change and progress. Crisis situations allow the heterogeneity of European politics to be transcended through a common perception of a situation as critical and urgent and, therefore, exemplify the need for cooperation. Is the historical experience still valid that crises lead to deeper integration? The lunch lecture series Crisis Talks, organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Crises in a Globalized World, addresses how the European Union deals with crises and what we have learned from former crises situations.


When: Wednesday, 29th March 2017, 12.30-14.30 pm
(Lunch buffet from 12.30, start of the event at 13.00)

Where: Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU 
Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussels

Presented by: The Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the State of Hessen, Lucia Puttrich, and the Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World” in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”




Mark Weinmeister
Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hessen

Prof Dr Nicole Deitelhoff
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt,
Speaker of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World” 


Prof Dr Andreas Wirsching
Institute of Contemporary History Munich - Berlin

Panel discussion

Prof Dr Christian Calliess
European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Jo Leinen
Member of the European Parliament

Prof Dr Andreas Wirsching


Cornelia Primosch
EU Correspondent, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio and TV


Simultaneous interpretation into English/German.

Registration via e-mail: veranstaltungen @lv-bruessel.hessen .de


The flyer is available as PDF download.