Conference on the 60th anniversary of the Élysée-Treaty
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On Thursday, February 23, we had the great pleasure of co-sponsoring with the Consulate General of France and the UBC Department of Political Science a lecture and panel discussion entitled “French-German Relations: an Anchor of Stability in Times of Fragmentation and Uncertainty? 60th anniversary of the Élysée-Treaty” to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée-Treaty. The event looked at the importance of this friendship treaty in the face of the fragmentation of the European Union and other large political entities. How much security does such a treaty ensure between countries on a large scale? What impact does it have on peace and cohesion in a region?
Guest speaker Dr. Joachim Schild from the University of Trier spoke about current similarities and differences between Germany and France. Dr. Delphine Deschaux-Dutard participated virtually in the event and gave an expert insight into security issues. The presentations were followed by a lively discussion moderated by U.S. Consul General Dr. Brent Hardt. The event, attended by about 50 people from academia and the public, provided a good opportunity to commemorate the signing of the Élysée-Treaty in 1963 and stimulated reflection on the future.
For all those who did not have the opportunity to attend the conference, there is now the possibility to watch a recording online!
The visit of guest speaker Prof. Dr. Joachim Schild from the University of Trier was made possible by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.