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Conference On EU Integration And German Unification To Be Held 31 Years After The Historic Malta Summit

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On December 3rd, 1989, history was made when the Soviet Union and the United States of America came together to find common ground following the collapse of the Berlin Wall – a symbolic feat that marked the end of the Cold War – and it happened right here in Malta.

The Malta Summit is widely considered to mark the end of the tense era.

Now, thirty-one years later, a hybrid conference is being held to discuss the very same thing that was discussed between Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and President George Bush – German unification and European integration.

Bush and Gorbachev at the Malta summit in 1989. Credit: David Valdez

Bush and Gorbachev at the Malta summit in 1989. Credit: David Valdez

German Unity is a hybrid conference involving a panel of distinguished personnel taking place this December 3rd to discuss the current geopolitical climate that has swept over Europe since 1989.

More than anything, a major part of the conference will focus on why it is so important to recapture the same spirit that brought Europe together so many years ago.

The online conference will include many distinguished names and experts in the field of European diplomacy including German Ambassador Walter Haßmann, Professor Arnold Cassola, Professor Dominic Fenech, Marc Zimmermann and Olaf Rieck.

German Ambassador Walter Haßmann

German Ambassador Walter Haßmann

Together, the five panelists will tackle the subject of European integration from their own respective point of view, merging academic understanding with lived experiences of diplomatic EU relations. 

Amidst a geopolitical climate flagging under border tensions, irregular migration and a global pandemic, a discussion on unity and integration are more important now than ever. 

And it’ll all be going down in Malta.

The German Unification and European Integration conference will take place this Thursday 3rd December at 6pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be live-streamed Zoom and Facebook with attendees able to join in and ask questions online.

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