On 19 April (6 PM WET | 7 PM CET | 8 PM EET), the NOWALL partners will be promoting the webinar “European Union after the Wall: Aftermath of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Civic and Institutional Evolution of the European Union”.
After World War II, the countries of Western Europe felt threatened by the expansion of the communist Soviet Union and the growing predominance of the United States. Thus, the idea of European consolidation was becoming more and more important. Strengthened by US economic aid and the policy of containment of communism, Western Europe was gradually integrating. A powerful impulse to tighten European cooperation was the announcement of the American Marshall Plan in July 1947.
Despite some difficulties, the process of European integration not only did not stop together with the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it was even accelerated, as evidenced by it large enlargement of the European Union in 2004, incl. for Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia.
At the moment European Union comprises 27 member states.
In the debate, NOWALL partners will be hosting:
Madalena Meyer Resende (NOVA University of Lisbon) – “Attempt to re-establish the European narrative after the End of the Cold War”
Konrad H. Jarausch (University of North Carolina) – “Return of the East Central European countries to Europe”
Jacek Kołtan (European Solidarity Centre Gdańsk) – “Europe, Solidarity and the Lost Treasure of the Revolution”
Paulo Vila Maior (Fernando Pessoa University Porto) – “Two tales of a paradox: the rise of new walls in Europe and how History sinks into oblivion”
The debate will be hosted by Tomás Santos (President of Portuguese Association of European Studies APEE).
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