Institute of Schuman’s Thought
Schuman’s Debates on Renewing the European Union
On-Line with MS Teams
without being closed in narrow circles.
Such formula of pan-European debate allows to create a climate and style of
dialogue, similar-to that one,
which was implemented by Robert Schuman,
in the spirit of the Community of European Nations.
“The European problem cannot be solved by a drastic process of economic and political reorganization which would create a federal unity – the United States of Europe […] Europe owes its unique character to the fact that it is and has always been a society of nations, each intensely conscious of its own social personality and its own political institutions and laws, but all united by a common spiritual tradition, a common intellectual culture and common moral values […] It is only by the recovery of these common traditions and values and in the strengthening of them that Europe can be saved” [Robert Schuman]
“My idea is not to merge States to create a Super State. Our European States are a historical reality. From a psychological point of view, it would be impossible to do away with them. Their diversity is a good thing and we do not intend to level them down or equalize them” [Robert Schuman]
“To our mind, European policy is certainly not in contradiction with the patriotic ideal. It encourages the particular-nature and characteristics of each of its states and fosters the sound love for one’s own country which is a love that does not go in detriment of other countries. It wants to attain a unity in the fullness of its diversity” [Robert Schuman]
How are these debates organized?
Over the entire year 2021 will take place 12 debate-meetings on MS Teams internet platform. Our MS Teams Help Desk team will assist you connecting debate platform.
First debate meeting will take place on 20 February 2021 and last one on 11 December 2021.
Each meeting will last 4 hours and will be conducted in English.
For each topic of the meeting are dedicated about 8 detailed questions.
Each question will be hesitated by one speaker and one disputant.
For each question to be answered are allocated 30 minutes.
Speaker will talk over 15 minutes then 10 minutes will be taken by disputant and 5 minutes for additional questions from audience.
The proposed method of conducting the debate is to ensure the presentation of many opinions, thus maintaining the character of dialogue and discussion instead of individual statements or lectures.
Over one meeting there will be chance to speak for people from about 16 European countries.
By giving the floor to representatives of sixteen countries during one debate, we create a real platform for pan-European dialogue without being closed in narrow circles.
Such formula of pan-European dialogue allows to create a climate and style similar to that one, which was implemented by Schuman in the spirit of the Community of European Nations.
You can register yourself as a speaker, disputant, participant, or journalist on the website https://schumansgroup.org/ in the folder “Debate Renewing EU”.
On that website, we call as well for the papers, which may be delivered by speakers, disputants, or participants.
The papers will go through reviewing process, which will be finish by rejecting or accepting the paper for publishing on the website https://schumansgroup.org/
The content of the papers can then be used to publish a report or book containing the main theses and directives as well as proposals for detailed solutions regarding the necessary changes in the EU.
Odzyskajmy Europę Schumana
Nimm Schumans Europa zurück
Issues to discuss and implement in regaining Schuman’s Europe
“Superstate-Federal EU” or “United in Diversity Schuman’s Community of European Nations” – which model is closest to the spiritual, cultural and historical character of Europe? [20 February 2021]
Is the European Union based on solidarity or on a fierce economic competition between nation states? [20 March 2021]
Lisbon Treaty in the 12th year of its functioning: What adjustments are needed? Does the EU need broader unification, keeping status quo, adjust to reflect Schuman’s model and/or changed by partly utilizing Danish model? [24 April 2021]
President Macron’s Doctrine for the European Union – a Real Chance to Renew Europe? Is there anything in Macron’s Doctrine common with Schuman’s approach? [22 May 2021]
Whether and what lessons have we learned from Covid-19 pandemic in Europe? What changes are needed in the functionality of EU in-the-area of regulations and institutions? [19 June 2021]
Acceptance of chaotic migrations or real cooperation with poor regions neighboring with Europe? What responsibility European Community should take for social and economic development of Africa? [10 July 2021]
Lack of equal representation by country at the European Commission. [31 July 2021]
How to support and to promote Christian culture and tradition within the frame of European Union? [21 August 2021]
Integration of Schuman followers across Europe [11 September 2021]
Establishing pan-European Schuman’s media for Europe in Strasbourg [13 November 2021]
Demography and values in Europe – Supporting family development and protecting every human life [11 December 2021]