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Traditionally, the V4 and Germany are linked by a multitude of historical, economic and cultural ties. In recent years, these links have been significantly revitalised, and while a number of political differences have emerged between Berlin and the V4 capitals, geostrategic interests have remained intact. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, however, has dramatically changed the situation, disrupting this fruitful partnership, which is also important for the economic prosperity of the European Union, along divergent historical, domestic political and energy supply interests. The aim of the conference is to assess the possible consequences of this situation, the prospects for V4 cooperation and Germany’s future room for manoeuvre in the region.
Date: 22 April 2022 (Friday) 9:30 am
Venue: National University of Public Service, Széchenyi Ceremonial Hall (1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2.)
9:30-9:45 Greeting and opening
Gergely Deli (Rector, National University of Public Service)
Gergely Prőhle (Director, Otto von Habsburg Foundation, National University of Public Service Institute for Strategic Studies)
9:45-10:10 Zsolt Németh (Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Hungarian Parliament)
Central Europe and Germany – Past, Present, Future
10:10-10:35 Markus Meckel (former Foreign Minister of the GDR, former member of the Bundestag)
Central Europe and Germany – Experience, Current Situation and Prospects
10:35-11:50 Panel I.
10:35-11:00 Jürgen Illing (Former Managing Director of the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
Europe’s New Powerhouse? Foreign Investment and its Significance for Economic Growth and Competitiveness in the Visegrad Countries and the European Single Market
11:00-11:25 András Rácz (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic and Defense Studies, National University of Public Service)
Great Power Interests, Visegrad Responses. Central Europe’s Room for Manoeuvre in the Light of the War in Ukraine
11:25-11:50 Tomáš Strážay (Director, Slovak Foreign Policy Association)
The Prospects of Cooperation between the Visegrad Countries and Germany
11:50-12:20 Coffee break
12:20-13:35 Panel II. (Chair: Anna Wisniewski, Executive Director, Polish-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce)
12:20-12:45 Iván Bába (University Lecturer, Retired Ambassador)
Does History Help us Understand the Present Situation?
12:45-13:10 Jakub Eberle (Research Director, Institute of International Relations, Prague)
What’s Next in Times of Change? V4-Germany Relations after 2020
13:10-13:35 Piotr Arak (Director, Polish Economic Institute)
Uncertain Times: The Future of the Economic Relations between Germany and the Visegrád Group
The conference will be held in Hungarian, English and German with simultaneous interpretation provided.
The conference will be held live, but will also be streamed via Zoom with language options. Please indicate your interest to participate in person or online by filling in the registration form below.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our event!
2022-04-22 Meghívó ENG