Ideas for a good future in Europe

Europe is a good idea – and Europe needs good ideas for tomorrow, for a thriving and successful community. When Germany takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2020 as part of the trio with Portugal and Slovenia, some important topics relevant to the future will be on the agenda. These include the battle against coronavirus and the process of eco-nomic recovery after the crisis as well as and the major challenges of climate protection and digitalisation. The goal is to strengthen European integration despite international crises.

Explore what DAAD alumni have to say about Europe, how the DAAD supports good ideas for Europe, and why exchange at the level of higher education and science is so vital for a common Europe.

This article was first published in the Magazine for DAAD alumni LETTER 1/2020.

Let’s talk about Europe!

What is the significance and value of the European Union? Six individuals give their answers – and reveal just how many different views there are of this union of states.

Why is it important for young Europeans to study abroad?

Carolina Drüten

Now working on the foreign desk at German daily “Die Welt”, Ms Drüten is a former student correspondent of the DAAD campaign “studieren weltweit – ERLEBE ES!” in Brussels and London, and an alumna of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree.


How can the EU uphold its values?



Michael Bloss

A member of the European Parliament for the Alliance 90/The Greens party who was a DAAD scholarship holder on the Carlo Schmid-Programme.


What does the EU do to promote research collaboration?


Wolfgang Kill

An Erasmus alumnus, Mr Kill now heads the Department of EU and International Affairs at the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism.


Why is the EU an attractive partner for Africa?



Prof. Dr. Narciso Matos

The DAAD alumnus is rector of the Polytechnic University in Maputo, Mozambique, and the former secretary-general of the Association of African Universities.


Why is the German-French tandem important as an “engine” for Europe?



Nadine Magaud  

A lawyer, Ms Magaud is president of the association DAAD Alumni France.


How attractive is the EU model for Latin America?


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Claudia Lima Marques

The director of the CDEA in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the newest Centre for German and European Studies, also teaches at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul-UFRGS.


July 2020

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