The German higher education landscape is a colourful one. Nationwide there is a choice of 400 universities of a very high level at which you can study. Choosing the right study course is therefore perhaps not so easy. Here you can find the most important websites and tips for your search for a study place.
With respect to Article 2 of the Basic Law, I think of two sentences that were of existential importance to my life. One of them says that Goethe's indefatigable creative drive was deeply seated in his personality in an ever-ongoing, inward and outward, urge to learn. Education was for him an extension of his knowledge and at the same time a shaping of his own personality. In it his existence was consummated. I have associated ever since with this idea that of a fulfilled and happy existence. It became the maxim of my life.
The Basic Law begins with the words "Human dignity shall be inviolable" - and not without reason. I consider this sentence central because it shapes the spirit of the Basic Law and thus of the Federal Republic of Germany. At the same time, it goes far beyond any legal text; it forms the basis for peaceful coexistence in general, in other parts of the world as well as here.
When Christian Petzold thinks of cinema, the image that comes to his mind is Angelus Novus, a print created by the Swiss-German avant-garde artist Paul Klee two years after the end of World War I. Klee’s image depicts what philosopher Walter Benjamin referred to as “the angel of history” with spread wings and its eyes and mouth wide open. In an essay touching on this heavenly messenger, Benjamin writes that the angel – who is propelled into the future but whose face is steadily “turned toward the past” – is compelled to behold the ceaseless catastrophes of history hurled at his feet.
After World War II disagreements developed between the three victorious powers Great Britain, France and the USA, and their wartime ally the Soviet Union about the future of occupied Germany. In order to push forward plans for a partial state in the west under the auspices of their military government, the three military governors authorized the West German minister presidents of the federal states to carry out concrete tasks. These authorizations became known as the Frankfurt Documents. The first, and most important document, required the setting up of a constituent assembly which should draft a federal and democratic constitution.
Mr Clausing, you head the “Political, Press and Information Section” of the EU delegation attached to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. What is work like at the cooperation interface? As with every political department in an EU delegation, a key part of our work consists of observing and reporting on developments in our “guest country”, i.e. the African Union. Part of this, and wholly consistent with the idea of the EU-African partnership, involves always looking to see where and how our two organisations can work together to achieve joint goals, for instance by making joint or coordinated statements. Moreover, we are of course involved in preparing and realising the various EU-AU events. In addition to joint summits and ministerial meetings, there are annual members’ meetings of the European Commission and the AU Commission, as well as of the Peace and Security Council of the AU and of the EU’s Political and Security Committee.
“The EU is a civilizational achievement unprecedented in the history of humankind. The challenge, to successfully press ahead for this unique idea and continually improve it, has motivated me to go into politics, based on my existing involvement in civil society for Europe. Over the past two years I have been listening especially to people on the street. The wealth of different ideas, concerns and criticism have helped to form the mission that I would like to take with me into the European Parliament: more rights for EU citizens, more transparency, more information, more participation – and consequently more commitment for the European Union.