In a joint event with ERSTE Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, and the European Council on Foreign Relations, ESI showed the latest documentary in its "Return to Europe" series to an audience of policymakers, dignitaries, and students at an event in Berlin hosted by Stiftung Mercator.
The Moldova film, entitled Moldova: Lost in Transition? was shown on Thursday 22 November and was followed with a Q&A session with Moldovan Ambassador to Germany Aureliu Ciocoi. ESI founder and chairman Gerald Knaus introduced the film, describing the purpose of the films as a way to introduce audiences to an oft-overlooked country that is remarkable in its continual efforts to move closer to Europe. Ambassador Coicoi echoed points made in the film during his discussion with Gerald, explaining that Moldova has overcome some serious challenges in its two-decade existence as a sovereign former Soviet republic. However, he concluded, Moldova's government today is more committed to European integration than ever before.
Ich will Europa, "Wie viel Anziehungskraft hat die EU noch? Film- und Diskussionsabend zu europäischen Ländern aus der Nachbarschaft: Moldawien und Kroatien" ("What's left of the EU's power of attraction? Films and discussions on European neighbours: Moldova and Croatia") (22 November 2012)