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Wolfgang Schäuble sets out his vision for the Future of Europe at the University of Leuven

On Tuesday 23rd of May, German federal minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble delivered his Future of Europe Lecture at the KU Leuven. The lecture took place as a part of the Wilfried Martens Fund award ceremony.

Wolfgang Schäuble began his speech by pointing at the paradox the European Union is facing: in a time of global challenges, people expect more from the EU, but at the same time doubts grow about the continent’s ability to tackle these challenges. He nevertheless emphasized how the EU was the best idea politicians had in the 20th century and that it remains the best idea for the 21st century.

Then, Schäuble outlined three areas on which the European leaders should concentrate to achieve greater cooperation: migration policy, security and defence policy, and monetary and economic policy. He concluded his lecture with a message of hope: “Our European values, such as human dignity and the rule of law, and the EU model are attractive all over the world. Our challenge is to stick to our values, but we should be optimistic.”

During the ceremony, the Wilfried Martens Thesis Price of €1000 was awarded to University of Leuven student Jan-Baptiste Lemaire, for his comparative research on democratic constitution-making in the European Union and Belgium. Meri Asatryan from Armenia was granted the Wilfried Martens Scholarship – worth more than €10 000 – to attend the 2017-2018 Advanced Master Programme in European Politics and Policies at the University of Leuven.