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Open Europe Berlin gGmbH: A new think tank to contribute fresh thinking to the German debate about Europe

29 Oct 2012

This press release was sent out by Open Europe Berlin gGmbH, Open Europe's new partner organisation

Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of Open Europe Berlin, a new independent think tank with a cross party advisory board of prominent figures from the German and European business, academic and policymaking communities. With offices located at the heart of Berlin’s political quarter, Open Europe Berlin’s cutting-edge research and events will inject fresh thinking into the German debate about the future direction of the EU.  

On 31 October, Open Europe Berlin will host a launch event in Berlin featuring a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Otmar Issing, the former chief economist of the European Central Bank. The think tank will be directed by Prof. Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth. The full list of board members will be announced around the time of the launch.  

Open Europe Berlin rejects the notion that the future of Europe is alternativlos – without alternatives to ever more centralisation – but will instead promote a new vision for a European Union that:  

  • Harbours and protects Europe’s political, economic and cultural diversity

  • Respects national democracy and the rule of law

  • Facilitates free trade, externally and internally

  • Pursues economic liberalism and resists over-intervention

  • Favours structural reform over debt mutualisation

  • Uses public money prudently

Open Europe Berlin’s Director Prof. Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth said:  

“Diversity, not harmonisation, was the engine behind Europe’s development  – and Europe needs return to this formula. Open Europe Berlin will cooperate closely with its partner organisation in London and Brussels. Our network of experts will develop fresh ideas for a Europe which regulates less but better, and is globally competitive but locally accountable.  Our goal is a Europe of citizens, democracy, transparency, and subsidiarity.”  

Further information  

1) Open Europe Berlin’s website www.openeuropeberlin.de will go live on 31 October 2012, featuring new research and a series of blog posts. A summary of the launch event, including highlights from Otmar Issing’s speech, will be available a few days following the launch.  

2) The work of Open Europe Berlin will fulfil the requirements for common public interest, working independently from party political or commercial interests. It is a partner organisation to London and Brussels-based Open Europe – not a subsidiary – and has a separate legal structure under German law (gGmbH).  

3) Biographies of the Open Europe Berlin team can be found here, http://www.openeuropeberlin.de/Page/Team/de/LIVE.

4) For more information, please contact the OEB office on +49 30 2758 1365.

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