Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gives keynote speech on Europe to 150 young guests of the Schwarzkopf Foundation
Yesterday, the Schwarzkopf Foundation, together with the citizen movement Pulse of Europe, welcomed Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to a speech and discussion on the future of Europe in the world at the Berlin Postbahnhof.
Heiko Maas, who has been Foreign Minister for about 100 days, gave a keynote address on the global role of the European Union as part of the #EuropeUnited campaign. In front of about 300 guests, he argued that in a world radicalized by “nationalism, populism and chauvinism”, it was more urgent than ever to harness the power of Europe and called for a “real change of mentality”. “We need more courage, more ambition, more political will to shape foreign politics.” What is needed is the determination to formulate a common foreign policy and the ability to enforce European foreign policy. “We are still miles away from both,” criticized Maas.
The policy of Donald Trump increases the pressure on Europe to act. After ten years of successive crises, the European Union is heading for a critical decision point: internally, it is under pressure from the aftermath of the financial crisis, populism and nationalism. From the outside, other big players are threatening to split the Union.
Maas defended Europe as our best guarantor of peace and security, of open societies and social cohesion, defending it with European patriotism, because “in the current state of the world, Europe is needed more than ever”.
The Schwarzkopf Foundation invited 150 students and the long-time trainer of our EU-compact-courses Katja Sinko was one of the moderators.
The full speech can be found here. Some examples German press coverage: Tagesspiegel, SpiegelOnline, Welt.
The full video of both the speech and the discussion can be found here.