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Invitation – Budapest Workshop: “For a New Policy of Détente”, 12 June 2015

We are currently witnessing what is undoubtedly the most serious crisis in external relations and security policy in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

70 years after the end of the Second World War, fundamental principles of the European peace settlement have been brought into question and international law has been breached. A great deal of trust has been lost. Trust that, in part thanks to the policy of détente of the 1970ies, was able to develop gently after decades of confrontation between East and West.

Ending the violence in Eastern Ukraine and compelling all sides to reach a peaceful political solution of the conflict is the primary aim. At the same time, it is clear that securing peace and stability can only succeed in the long term if we strive for dialogue, mutual understanding and the balancing of legitimate interests. Only in that way will we get back onto the path of a long-term, stable and comprehensive peace and security settlement for all of us in Europe.

Progressive Alliance Workshop at the Congress of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in Budapest, 12 June 2015, 14.30 – 16.30 hrs., Room Mozart

Panel discussion:

  • Enzo Amendola, PD Italy
  • Knut Fleckenstein, SPD Germany
  • László Kovács, MSzP Hungary
  • Katarína Neved’alová, SMER Slovakia
  • Kristian Vigenin, BSP Bulgaria

Moderator: Giacomo Filibeck, Deputy Secretary General, PES