The Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe – in French
Bridges towards Europe
Florent Marciacq, Foreword by Thierry de Montbrial and Peter Jankowitch
Published by Ifri and Österreichisch-Französisches Zentrum für Annäherung in Europa, 2018
The story of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe is at the same time the story of Europe; the story of the once turbulent bilateral relations, that will be deepened in the framework of this centre; the story of a divided continent, which finds ist way back towards unity and peace; the story of political and economic Change in Middle and Eastern Europe but as well in countries of the Western Balkans; and – as well – a story of a project, Europe, that needs to be reconsidered every once in a while. The Story of the Austro-French Centre is that interesting because it is a mirror of the historic development of the continent.
What we need more than ever in those times of uncertainties is to strengthen dialogue between political and civil societies across Europe.
Thierry de Montbrial, former President of the Austro-French Center for Rapprochement in Europe (1985 – 2015)