Conference

Opening Conference -

7 September 2004
10.30 – 17.15
Ridderzaal, Den Haag

The Politics of European Values

To politicians such as Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer, and Robert Schuman, it was self-evident that the people of Europe had to unite. More than half a century later, despite the fine words used in the EU treaties, the general perception is that, in practice, the EU is no more than a society of interest groups, led by ‘technocrats and bureaucrats’ in Brussels. The questions at the core of this debate were: Do we pay enough heed to the foundations of European civilisation, on which we have built our society since World War II? What possibilities and responsibilities does European politics have concerning European culture and its values? What is the importance of shared values in a united Europe, and what will be the consequences if we do not maintain those shared values?

Speakers

The Netherlands, 1956

Jan Peter Balkenende

former Prime Minister
Robert Cooper

United Kingdom, 1947

Robert Cooper

EU diplomat and publicist
Pierre_Manent

France, 1949

Pierre Manent

political philosopher in the French liberal tradition

Israel, 1960

Fania Oz-Salzberger

Israeli professor in the history of ideas and political commentator

Canada, 1947

John Ralston Saul

writer and President of PEN International

Italy, 1952

Maurizio Viroli

political philosopher

Latvia, 1937

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

former President of Latvia

South Africa, 1951

Joseph Weiler

European law specialist

Germany, 1929

Amitai Etzioni

sociologist and public intellectual

Germany, 1926-2020

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

French politician, former President

Photos

NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907 NEXUS040907