Pierre Werner et l’Europe : pensée, action, enseignements – Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy
The centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner (1913–2013) offered a timely opportunity to reflect on the personality and achievements of this politician from Luxembourg who left his mark on the future of his country and on the European integration process. On 27 and 28 November 2013, some 30 renowned experts and researchers including historians, economists, legal experts and political scientists, together with major players in economic and monetary affairs, assembled in Luxembourg for a conference during which they analysed Pierre Werner’s European vision and offered an international perspective on the relevance of his approach in light of the challenges facing us in the 21
Pierre Werner: A Great Man of Vision with a Sense of Mission
President of the Shanghai Institute for European StudiesDirector of the Centre for European Studies at the ShanghaiAcademy of Social Sciences
First of all I would like to thank the organiser, the CVCE, for inviting me to this unique event to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner, a great statesman of Luxembourg and also of Europe. I guess I am the only non-European here at the conference. It is a great honour for me to participate in this enlightening and simulating symposium. I think the reason I was invited was not only because I am the President of the Shanghai Institute for European Studies, which makes me a good representative of Chinese European studies scholars, but also because I am among those who had the privilege to meet Mr Pierre Werner in person and have personal experiences to share at this event.
I myself had the great privilege and pleasure of visiting Pierre Werner and having a discussion with him in person 15 years ago here in Luxembourg at his house. It was in autumn 1998. I was in Europe to carry out field investigations for a research project on “European monetary integration and its impact on the international monetary system”. We visited many cities in Europe, including Brussels, and talked to scholars and government officials to hear their ideas and views on the coming launch of the euro. Of course many repeated the same official view that the European...
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