Disintegration and Integration in Central-Eastern Europe

"Borders, Identities, Communities: The Road to Reconciliation and Partnership in Central and Eastern Europe"

(Berlin, April 14th - 15th, 2016)


The end of Europe’s division in 1989 marked the beginning of a new Europe, which was to be achieved through integration. The conference”Disintegration and Integration in Central-Eastern Europe” will focus on the integration process of east and central Europe in the framework of the transitions and challenges having taken place since 1989.


Thursday, April 14
8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-10.30 Welcome Speeches
Venue: RED Ballroom Saal
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Nicolae Păun (Dean of the Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Co-organiser of the Conference)

  • The Message of the President of Romania presented by Ms Iulia Huiu (State Councillor)
  • H. E. Emil Hurezeanu, Ambassador of Romania in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Ioan-Aurel Pop (Rector of Babeş-Bolyai University, Member of the Romanian Academy)
  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain Schirmann (University of Strasbourg, Co-organiser of the Conference )
  • Mark Donfried (Executive Director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy of Berlin)
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-13.00 Opening Panel Discussion
“1989: The End of Europe’s Division. A New Europe through Integration”
Chair: Prof. Dr. Ioan-Aurel Pop (Member of the Romanian Academy)

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Wilfried LOTH (Professor Emeritus, University of Duisburg-Essen): La chute du mur comme lieu de mémoire
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Gérard BOSSUAT (Professor Emeritus, University of Cergy-Pontoise): La fin de l'Europe?
  • Prof. Dr. Michael O’NEILL (Nottingham Trent University, Jean Monnet Chair ): Challenges or Crisis: The 'European Idea' in Retreat?
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Antonio VARSORI (Chairman of the European Union Liaison Committee of Historians, University of Padua): Italy and the Balkan/Danubian area after the fall of communism: between traditional interests and new challenges
13.00-14.30 Lunch Break
14.30-16.00 Panel Discussion
“Challenges to European Reconciliation: National Populism in Eastern and Central Europe”
Venue: Big Classroom
Chair: Dr. Charles BARTHEL (National Archives of Luxembourg)

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sergiu MIȘCOIU (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The New Consensual Disagreement: Melting Populism into Neo-Populism
  • Lect. Dr. Ovidiu VAIDA (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): Already Tired of Europe? Euroscepticism in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Dr. Sergiu GHERGHINA (Department of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt): Electoral Support Beyond Leaders? The Organization of Populist Parties in Post-Communist Europe
  • Dr. Andrei RĂDULESCU (Senior Economist Banca Transilvania; Scientific Researcher, Institute for World Economy, Romanian Academy, Bucharest; Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): European Real Economic Convergence - Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-18.00 Panel Discussion
“Communities and Borders in Eastern European Euro-region”
Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Renzsch (University of Magdeburg)

  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae PĂUN (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The Fifth Wave of Enlargement of the European Union
  • Prof. Dr. Victor NEUMANN (West University of Timișoara): Multiculturality and Socio-Cultural Heterogenity, The Case of East-Central Europe
  • Dr. Vladimir GONEC (Institute of Political Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences): The Transborder Regions of EU: a Successful or Failed Tool for Reconciliation and Partnership. The Experience of Slovakia and the Czech Republic
  • Lect. Dr. Adrian CORPĂDEAN (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The Romanian-Hungarian Strategic Partnership (2002-2016)
18.00-20.00 Meeting of the European Union’s Liaison Committee of Historians
Venue: ICD Meeting Room
20.00 Cocktails Hosted by Babeş-Bolyai University and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Venue: RED Berlin Restaurant
Friday, April 15
9.00-12.00 Panel Discussion
“Franco-German Reconciliation, a Model”
Venue: RED Ballroom Saal
Chair: Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN (University of Strasbourg)


  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN (University of Strasbourg): General issues
  • Prof. Dr. Wichard WOYKE (Westfalian University of Münster): Two Active Civil Societies - Franco-German Cooperation in Everyday Life
  • Prof. Dr. Birte WASSENBERG (University of Strasbourg): The Franco-German Border Cooperation
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Martial LIBERA (University of Strasbourg): Cooperation Between French and German Chambers of Commerce
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marion ABALLEA (University of Strasbourg): Diplomats and Franco-German Rapprochement
  • Pr. Corine DEFRANCE (CNRS): Twinning , Reconciliation Vectors  
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe MEYER (University of Strasbourg): Sport and Franco-German Reconciliation
12.00-13.30 Panel Discussion
“Governance and National (Re)Constructions at the Borders of Europe”
Venue RED Ballroom Saal
Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang-Dietrich GRUNER (University of Rostock)


  • Prof. Dr. Sergiu Musteaţă (Ion Creangă State University of Chișinău): The Republic of  Moldova - a Young State with a Fragile Democracy and Uncertain Citizenship
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgiana CICEO (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The Normative Power of Europe Beyond its Borders
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valentin NAUMESCU (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Borders, Identities, Conflicts. A Comparison between Ukraine and Moldova
  • Lect. Dr. Laura HERȚA (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): Reconciling with the Past: The Attitudes and (Re)Actions of the West towards the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War)
  • Lect. Dr. Dorin DOBRA (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): Borders as Sources of Crisis: the Great Future Challenge of the EU
  • Dr. Werner Müller-Pelzer (University of Dortmund): The Manifesto convivialiste in a European Perspective
13.30-15.00 Lunch Break
15.00-17.00 Panel Discussion
“Teaching National History without Hard Feelings?”
Venue: Red Ballroom Saal
Chair: Prof. Dr. Kiran PATEL (University of Maastricht)


  • Prof. Mihai MANEA (President of the Romanian Association of History Teachers: Truth and Teaching History without Hard Feelings. An Approach to History Teaching and Reconciliation)
  • Dr. Annie Guénard-Maget: Teaching National History without Resentment?
Discussion: with the participation of the European Union’s Liaison Committee of Historians / avec la participation du Groupe de liaison des historiens de l’intégration européenne :
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Antonio VARSORI, University of Padua
  • Dr. Charles BARTHEL, Archives nationales de Luxembourg
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Gérard BOSSUAT, Université de Cergy-Pontoise
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Wilfried LOTH, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Reader Dr. Piers LUDLOW, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Prof. Dr. Kiran PATEL, University of Maastricht
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae PĂUN, Babeş-Bolyai University
  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN, Université de Strasbourg
15.00-17.00 Panel for PhD Students of the Doctoral School ‘The European Paradigm’ - guidelines and progress reports
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena CALANDRI (University of Padua)

  • Lect. Dr. Yehudit OD-COHEN (Ohalo College, Kazrin): Intercultural processes enhancing doctoral learning between cultures
  • Dr. Sarah FEINGOLD (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts): Dialogue and Challenges of Language Acquisition in Integration of Migrants
  • Mati AVNI: Cross-cultural issues involved in an appointed committee managing an Arab local authority in crisis in Israel
  • Segev AVRAHAM: Migrants for Africa to Israel - "Detention Camps" or "Living Facilities"
  • Shula MENACHEM: The European Union, Globalization and National Policy: from Deciders to Receivers
  • Ahmad NATOUR: Organized Sport Events Promoting Cooperation Between Nations
  • Ori NISSIM LEVI: Operational-Nuclear-Defense-Model
  • Jessica STROSCHEIN: Berlin – a “border city”
  • Sullam YOEL: Cultivating Organizational Culture within Globalized Companies Using the Wellness Kickoff Tool
  • Orit RISHPI: Title reserved
17.00-17.30 Final Remarks
Venue: RED Ballroom Saal
  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN (University of Strasbourg)
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae PĂUN, Dean of the Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Co-organiser of the Conference
19.00 Cocktail hosted by H.E. Emil HUREZEANU, Ambassador of Romania in the Federal Republic of Germany
Venue: Romanian Embassy in Berlin