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German-Hungarian Forum, 20th Annual Conference

The 20th Annual Conference of the German-Hungarian Forum took place on 4th and 5th November 2010 at the Repre­sen­tation of the Free State of Bavaria in Berlin. The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organized the conference entitled “Current challenges in Europe from German and Hungarian perspective” in cooper­ation with the German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DUIHK).

The Foreign Ministers of both countries opened the conference. German Foreign Minister Guido Wester­welle empha­sized the good bilateral relations between the two countries and thanked Hungary for its help in 1989 which led to the opening of the Branden­burger Tor. The Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi focused on the upcoming EU presi­dency of his country in the first half of 2011 in his speech.

In the panel discus­sions and working groups the main points of discussion were energy security, economic devel­opment, the prior­ities of the Hungarian Presi­dency in 2011 as well as the status and perspec­tives of German-Hungarian relations.

By: Christoph Kornes