Quo vadis, Europe? - ifa Alumni discusss role of civil society at annual meeting
Shared values, open borders, democracy, peace and security: these are only some of the aspects mentioned by our alumni when asked what Europe means to them. Yet, where do we go from here? What is going to happen to this community of shared values, to our open borders, to democracy? We treasure the idea of Europe, but this idea is threatened by the political and societal developments around us.
Our alumni are part of a global community that is committed to achieving peace and justice and to protecting human lives. Human rights, freedom of art and expression as well as freedom of information are objectives and cornerstones of their community. That is why we want and need to stay in touch with them. For mutual support, motivation, and inspiration. During this year’s alumni meeting we not only discussed the role civil society can play and should play, but quickly included questions about the future of journalism or political participation and also focused on strengthening regional networks. And with participants from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Kyrgyzstan, networking in general formed an important part of the day.