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Quo vadis, Europe? The Franco-German Dialogue and the European Community

November 11, Ithaca Campus

Lecture by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Green Party in the European Parliament, at 6:00pm in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit was born in 1945 to German-Jewish parents who fled to France during WWII. As a German citizen he enrolled in a Parisian university in 1965. In 1968, when Paris exploded with student riots and a general strike, he quickly emerged as a charismatic leader and public face of the student protestors.

Because of his work with student protest groups, he was expelled to Germany, where he co-founded the organization, Revolutionary Struggle. In 1989, he became the deputy mayor of Frankfurt, and he was elected to the European Parliament in 1994. He became the leader of the French Green Party in 1999.

Cohn-Bendit’s independent political views generated debate throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s. He supports immigration, the decriminalization of soft drugs, and the abandonment of nuclear power. He also supports free-market economic policies and the military interventions in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

He has spent the last several years working to strengthen the European Union. In 2004 he founded the European Green Party, which he describes as the keystone of European citizenship. In 2005 he continued his work as head of the Greens in the European Parliament while campaigning in favor of the European constitution.

For more information, read the Cornell Chronicle article.

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