Academica 2013

Press release — 24 September 2013

Academica 2013: “Germany in Europe, Europe in Germany”

The University of Tartu has the pleasure to invite you to participate in this year’s German-Estonian Academica week, starting 30 September 2013 and hosting high-ranking German guests from both politics and economics. The week is co-organised by the UT’s Economics Faculty, the EuroCollege and the Institute of Government and Politics.

This year’s “Academica” will be dedicated to Germany’s role in the European Union, the Euro-crisis and recent German elections. It will start on 1 October with a public conference featuring Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, who will speak on “Increased unemployment in European Union among young people ‒ how to improve the situation?” The speech and ensuing discussion will take place at 14:00 in the Assembly Hall of the University of Tartu (Ülikooli 18). Participants will be invited to vote on ideas and solutions raised during the debate.

These debates will be followed by roundtable on “Germany amidst the European economic crisis: rogue or redeemer?” In light of the recent German Bundestag elections  the experts will discuss potential consequences of a new government coalition in Germany for the future course of Germany in the Euro-crisis. Participants of the panel will include four distinguished German political scientists and economists as well as the German Ambassador to Estonia, Christian Schlaga. The panel will be moderated by Professor Vello Pettai.

All participants are welcome to join the final reception at 18:00 in the University of Tartu Art Museum (Ülikooli 18).

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The German-Estonian academic week “Akadeemika” takes place at the University of Tartu since 1995, fostering academic exchange between Estonian and German scholars and dedicated to issues of mutual interest. This year, the introductory conference will be followed by individual lectures at the various faculties and institutes. The Institute of Government and Politics will host Professor Florian Grotz from the Helmut-Schmidt-University of Hamburg, who will evaluate the recent German elections and Professor Peter W. Schulze from the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, who will talk about German-Russian relations. The exact time and locations of these lecture will be announced in due course.

For more information, please contact Prof. Vello Pettai, or 737 5335