European Union Tested by Migrant and Russian Crises
|Thomas Bagger, policy chief for the German Foreign Ministry, says that Europe's migrant crisis is testing the bonds of the European Union.|
New York, October 5, 2015—The migrant crisis in Europe and Russia’s aggression in the Ukraine are testing the bonds of the European Union and the principles of international law, said Thomas Bagger, head of policy planning for the German Foreign Ministry, in a speech Tuesday at Columbia Law School.
Bagger began by noting that Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its reunification this Saturday, October 3. “It is a success story,” he told students, while on a break from meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. He recalled then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl optimistically observing that, for the first time in its history, Germany was “surrounded by friends.”
|Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, director of the Human Rights Institute, invited Thomas Bagger to address students, staff, and faculty.|
|After his remarks, Bagger took questions from the standing-room only audience.|