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50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty

UToday HomeJanuary 21, 2013

By Carlos Vargas

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (left) and French President Charles de Gaulle (right) after signing the Élysée Treaty on Jan. 22, 1963 in Paris. Photo credit:  Bundesregierung / SchwahnGerman Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (left) and French President Charles de Gaulle (right) after signing the Élysée Treaty on Jan. 22, 1963 in Paris. Photo credit: Bundesregierung/SchwahnThose with an interest in history and international relations are invited to attend the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty: A vision for the future.

This anniversary celebration takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. and features University of Calgary and international guest speakers. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. with musical performances by German and French folk artists.

Register for this free event held in the Cassio Room of the MacEwan Student Centre.

University of Calgary International (UCI) is very pleased to host the event, and have Jean-Charles Bou, Consul of the France Consulate in Calgary and Hubertus Liebrecht, Honorary Consul of the German Consulate in Calgary attend and participate in the celebration.

The Élysée Treaty, signed by France and Germany on Jan. 22, 1963, not only marked the end of hostility between the two countries, but also signaled a new era of constructive Franco-German relations, forming the basis for a united Europe. The Élysée Treaty provided an unprecedented framework for bilateral cooperation and today it represents an important symbol of unity and cooperation in Europe and beyond.

The presenters will examine the lessons of this historic event and its future implications for the world. It will also look at the role that Canada plays in the promotion of international cooperation and peace.

The guest speakers include Stefan Seidendorf, head of the European Politics Unit of the Franco-German Institute in Germany — an independent, non-profit organization devoted to research on, and documentation of, contemporary France and the advancement of Franco-German relations within the European context. Seidendorf’s current interest lies in the transformation of societies within the process of regional integration that takes place in Europe. He specializes in European studies and Franco-German relations with a particular focus on the institutionalization of this relationship.

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