“Neighborhood – a key competence and future challenge for Europe” – A Franco-German-Polish discussion

In partnership with Alliance Europa and as part of its central theme “Building Cohesion – Neighborhood in Europe”, the Genshagen Foundation organized an online event on April 20, 2021, on the topic of “Neighborhood – a key competence and future challenge for Europe”.


In her opening speech, journalist Natalie Nougayrède (The Guardian), focused on the opportunities offered by a pan-European media landscape to better understand neighborhood issues in Europe. Following this first intervention, Jacek Karnowski (mayor of Sopot), Sylvie Hamard (artistic director of the Franco-German “Perspectives” festival) and political scientist Michael Minkenberg (Viadrina European University, Frankfurt-on-Oder) exchanged views on the evolution of neighborly relations in Europe in the era of the coronavirus. The discussion was moderated by Christoph Bartmann, Director of Warsaw Goethe-Institut.

Michel Catala, Director of the Alliance Europa Institute for European and Global Studies, gave the concluding remarks.