The 15th Deutsch-Französischer Dialog (Franco-German Dialogue) under the heading ‘Federal Europe? Solidarity – Subsidiarity – Democracy’ took place in Otzenhausen (Germany) on 16 and 17 May 2013. The Franco-German Dialogue is annually organized by the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) and other partners.
In spite of the progress already achieved, the European Union has not fully overcome its ongoing crises. In light of this consideration, participants of the 15th Franco-German Dialogue discussed future perspectives of European integration in two panels and four working groups. The debates centered on the question of the necessity of a federal structured Europe. This puzzle was broken down into four working groups that discussed a European social model, means to create a European public and the composition of an upcoming convention. The working group, which was organized by IEP, addressed the reform of the Union’s architecture in light of the vision of a political union.
Further information about the Franco-German Dialogue are available here.