FWD: Europe – The young generation

29. September - 02. Oktober 2015


“Fwd: Europe” starts with a public panel discussion on Wednesday evening at Französische Friedrichstadtkirche. The subsequent conference takes place at Berlin-Schwanenwerder on Thursday and Friday. It is possible to participate in both parts seperately.
The European Union is facing many challenges. During the past few years, the so-called “Euro-crisis” has highlighted that deeper economic integration cannot be maintained without the fact steps towards a closer political union. While fundamental political decisions are on the agenda, there is a lack of public debate around these critical aspects determining Europe’s future.
Today, Europe seems to be a daily reality and very abstract, particularly for young people, at once. Many of them yet enjoy the European cultural diversity and the freedom of movement granted by Schengen. While enthusiasm for languages, culture and encounters with fellow Europeans is ever popular, this trend has not automatically generated identification with the political structure of the “EU”.
An alarming fact is that some founding elements of the European project, namely mutual cooperation and solidarity as the basis for peace, economic growth and social welfare in all member states, are increasingly doubtful for young people. They not only are under the impression that their voices aren’t heard, but the persuasive power of 60 years of continued economic growth has been eroded by the impact of recent policies to counter the financial crises. Many people perceive these attempts as one sided and as a direct cause of social hardship for an entire generation.
All three elements – an ever-accelerating dynamic in European integration, the lack of opportunities to participate and dwindling trust in the EU´s benefits – have driven many EU citizens into the arms of euro-sceptical parties. For those who feel overwhelmed or threatened by plurality and economic change, the promise of an allegedly secure national state yet again has become seductive.
During the past months and years, many promising initiatives have reinvigorated the debate about Europe's future. To further support this trend, the conference “Fwd: Europe” invites committed Europeans to present their projects, exchange experiences and develop new ideas to strengthen European civil society. Which projects and narratives of Europe promise to be successful in the future? What are the expectations young citizens have towards the EU? How can citizenship education for European democracy be shaped in the future?
We kindly invite you to join the debate!
On behalf of all cooperating institutions
Dr. Claudia Schäfer, Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin
Ole Jantschek, Evangelische Akademien in Deutschland e.V. / Evangelische Trägergruppe für gesellschaftspolitische Jugendbildung
Partner organisations: European Democracy Lab, Publixphere
The activity takes place within the framework of the Protestant network for citizenship education of young people (Ev. Trägergruppe für gesellschaftspolitische Jugendbildung) and is supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth - BMFSFJ.


Mittwoch, 30. September 2015

Preise & Informationen

Venue October 1st and 2nd
Evangelische Bildungsstätte auf Schwanenwerder
Inselstraße 27–28, 14129 Berlin (Nikolassee)
phone (030) 847 14 – 207
Venue September 30th
Französische Friedrichstadtkirche (Französischer Dom), room Casalis (basement)
Gendarmenmarkt 5, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
Fees Französische Friedrichstadtkirche
Attending the discussion is free of charge.
Fees Schwanenwerder
Conference from Wednesday, September 30th 2015 until Friday, October 2nd 2015 at Evangelische Bildungsstätte Schwanenwerder:
30.- EUR (reduced 15.- EUR)
Single room additional fee 20.- EUR
Fees are payable in cash only.
Reduced prices can be offered to students (up until 35 years), unemployed people and by way of previous request.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to grant a reduction if you only partly attend the conference.
Please register online until September 23rd at www.eaberlin.de/seminars
The number of participants is limited. Registration is valid after our written confirmation.
Please let us know as soon as possible, if you are not able to attend.
Arrival Französische Friedrichstadtkirche
S-Bahn / U-Bahn S-Bahn to Bahnhof Friedrichstraße, then change to U6 bound to Alt Mariendorf until Französische Straße.
Car – there are no parking spots free of charge in the vicinity.
From Airport Tegel Bus TXL bound to Mollstr./Prenzlauer Allee until bus stop Unter den Linden/Friedrichstraße, duration: approx. 40 minutes.
From airport Schönefeld S-Bahn S45 bound to S+U Gesundbrunnen until S+U-Bhf. Tempelhof, then U6 until Französische Straße, duration: approx. 60 minutes.
Arrival Schwanenwerder
There is a bus shuttle from Französische Friedrichstadtkirche to Schwanenwerder on Wednesday 30th after the discussion at 9 p.m.
If you arrive at Schwanenwerder on Thursday, October 1st, please take the S7 (bound to Potsdam) or S1 (bound to Wannsee) to S-Bahn station Nikolassee. There will be a shuttle waiting for you at the exit Spanische Allee / Strandbad Wannsee at 8.30 a.m.
If you arrive at any other time during the conference, please get off at S-Bahn station Wannsee and take a taxi there. There are no taxis at Nikolassee.

Ort & Anreise

HOSPES Evangelisch-Tagen GmbH
Ziegelstrasse 30
10117 Berlin-Mitte
S-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße oder S-Bahnhof Oranienburger Straße. Zu Fuß etwa 8 Minuten vom Bahnhof Friedrichstraße entfernt.
Linie 6, Oranienburger Tor
Linie M1, M6: S-Bahnhof Oranienburger Straße oder Linie M1: U-Bahnhof Oranienburger Tor
Sie können uns bequem mit Ihrem PKW erreichen. Unser Hotel verfügt über einen hauseigenen Parkplatz mit 45 Stellplätzen. Kosten pro Tag: 10 €.