Luncheon presentation "The European Refugee Crisis: Make or Break of the European Union" by Dr. Michael Fuchs, Vice Chairman of the CDU and Member of the Bundestag, on 8 March 2016

The arrival of more than a million migrants and refugees in Europe over the past year has revealed deep divisions among EU member states over open borders and the sharing of burden. While the huge inflow has ended up primarily in Germany, authorities in Austria, the Benelux countries, Finland and Sweden have also struggled to handle the influx. As it experiences the largest movement of people the continent has seen since World War II, the EU's weak collective response has led member states to resort to individual actions such as reimposing border controls or building fences along their frontiers with little prior coordination. The future of the Schengen Agreement which eliminates border controls among 26 European countries is now facing uncertainty - and comes at a time when solidarity among the 28 is already at a low point. Could the crisis mark the end of the European Union as we know it? Could these new challenges thrust the integration process into reverse? What will be the fate of Schengen? After the euro crisis, does the EU have the resilience to survive intact?

This event was jointly presented by the German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center:

Luncheon Presentation by Dr. Michael Fuchs,  Vice Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union and Member of the Bundestag
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
12.15 - 14.30
Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

$470 (members of German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong or Asia Society Hong Kong Center)

$570 (non-members)


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About the speaker

Michael Fuchs is one of the leading voices in the governing conservative party led by Angela Merkel, and has served as a member of the Christian Democratic Union federal executive board since 2006. Dr. Fuchs has been a member of the Bundestag (German Parliament) since 2002 and was elected Vice Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union faction in 2009. From 2006 to 2011 he was Chairman of the German SME Circle (PKM) of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union, the largest intra-parliamentarian group in the Bundestag with a strong focus on economic policies. Responsible for economic and energy policy, he is very close to Chancellor Merkel and an advocate for the principles of the German model of social market economy.

Luncheon Presentation by Dr. Michael Fuchs

Syrian refugees on their way to Turkey

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