German history conferencecalls for European identity

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15 September 2004 , KIEL - Europe needs a common identity to help it forge joint peace and security policies, historians were told at the opening of a conference in Germany. Hermann Otto Solms, a deputy speaker of the German parliament, said historians had a "task of the highest socio-political significance" in researching the origin and common interests of European culture and European states. A common identity would also help Europe cope with global environment and trade policies, he said. Solms did not

15 September 2004

KIEL - Europe needs a common identity to help it forge joint peace and security policies, historians were told at the opening of a conference in Germany.

Hermann Otto Solms, a deputy speaker of the German parliament, said historians had a "task of the highest socio-political significance" in researching the origin and common interests of European culture and European states.

A common identity would also help Europe cope with global environment and trade policies, he said.

Solms did not mention the current controversy over war reparations between Poland and Germany, an issue which was expected to feature in academic discussions during the conference.

Lennart Meri, a former president of Estonia, who was also due to deliver a keynote speech, cancelled Monday his plans to attend the meeting in the northern port city of Kiel.

The 45th German History Conference, held every two years, will be attended by a record 3,500 scholars over three days.

DPA

Subject: German news

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