Europe - Quo Vadis: A German Perspective

BRADLEY FORUM, LEVEL 5 HAWKE BUILDING, UNISA CITY WEST CAMPUS

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The European Union is one of the strongest political unions in the world, based on shared values.  Today, there are over 500 million people living in the member states of the EU.  Yet the EU is mired in crises – immigration, Brexit, and the misfortunes of the Euro.

In this provocative lecture, Dr Anna Prinz contends that reform in Europe must go beyond narrow economic parameters and instead address the issue of a stronger, but also more flexible Union.  Ambassador Prinz looks at proposals to strengthen the EU, without weakening its neighbours, who are halfway integrated already in a complex system of interdependencies, but do not want to proceed with integration at the same speed as others for various valid reasons.

DR ANNA ELISABETH PRINZ,
THE AMBASSADOR OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY TO AUSTRALIA

Dr Anna Elisabeth Prinz is the German Ambassador to Australia. She took up her posting in Canberra in mid-2016, having previously served as German Ambassador to Slovenia and Deputy Ambassador to Japan. Throughout the three decades of her diplomatic career has held various postings in Europe, Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region - including in Jakarta and Colombo.

During her time at the German Foreign Office headquarters, Anna held various positions such as Deputy Head of the task force on EU enlargement, Media Commissioner and Ambassador for Science Policy. In her current function as German Ambassador to Australia she places strong focus on strengthening ties in the fields of innovation, Industry 4.0, Start-ups and science cooperation.

Anna was awarded a doctorate in politics at Göttingen University in Germany in 1984 and she holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Harvard (Kennedy School, 1986).

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Website: Ambassador Dr Anna Elisabeth Prinz

 

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