Welcome to More Europe
Modern diplomacy requires the development of new thinking and skills to face global challenges and changing societies. More Europe is a new approach towards external relations, based on the promotion of fundamental values, two-way dialogue, and the recognition of the role of civil society. 'More Europe' is a campaign which aims to convince politicians and policy makers to place cultural relations – one of the strongest assets that Europe has - in the heart of the EU’s external affairs.
I would think about 3 different levels in cultural diplomacy. First of all, diplomats have to work on frameworks to make sure that you can travel as an artist, get a visa, there is no censorship. Secondly, culture is a tool to work on cultural diplomacy, and I think we made a lot of mistakes in the past. After 1989, we, collectively, did not pay enough attention to promote Western values (…). Finally, culture is important in diplomacy (…) because sometimes you do not know how to communicate, so there is art.
They - the rest of the world - think Europe is a sort of economic entity. Therefore we have to become political, we have to become more cultural. Because I do not want to sell Europe as an import-export club.
More Europe - Marseille debate
Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 09:30
More Europe partners with Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture, the Villa Méditerranée, and the MuCEM in order to organise a regional debate:
Challenges and perspectives for culture: