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The European Refugee Crisis: Make or Break of the European Union

Source: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Luncheon Presentation by Dr. MICHAEL FUCHS, Vice Chairman, Christian Democratic Union & Member, Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament)
Registration 12:15pm,
Luncheon 12:30pm,
Close 2:00pm


The arrival of more than a million migrants and refugees in Europe over the past year has revealed deep divisions among EU member states over open borders and the sharing of burden. While the huge inflow has ended up primarily in Germany, authorities in Sweden, Austria, the Benelux countries and Finland have also struggled to handle the influx. As it experiences the largest movement of people the continent has seen since World War Two, the EU's weak collective response has led member states to resort to individual action such as reimposing border controls or building fences along their frontiers with little prior coordination. The future of the Schengen Agreement which eliminated border controls among 26 European countries is now facing uncertainty - and comes at a time when solidarity among the 28 is already at a low point. Could the crisis mark the end of the European Union as we know it? Could these new challenges thrust the integration process into reverse? What will be the fate of Schengen? After the euro crisis, does the EU have the resilience to survive intact?


Michael Fuchs is one of the leading voices in the governing conservative party led by Angela Merkel, and has served as a member of the Christian Democratic Union federal executive board since 2006. Dr. Fuchs has been a member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) since 2002 and elected Vice Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union /Christian Social Union faction in 2009. From 2006 to 2011 he was Chairman of the German SME Circle (PKM) of the Christian Democratic Union /Christian Social Union, the largest intra-parliamentarian group in the Bundestag with a strong focus on economic policies. Responsible for economic and energy policy, he is very close to Chancellor Merkel, and an advocate for the principles of the German model of social market economy.



Co-Presented with German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong


Luncheon Menu

Regular Meal
Appetizer: Japanese King Crab Salad with Cucumber Salad with Wasabi Mayonnaise
Main: Piccata of Pork Escallop with Vegetable Tagliatelle and Basil Tomato Ragu
Dessert: American Key Lime Tart with Strawberry Sorbet 

Vegetarian Meal
Appetizer: Crisp Wild Mushroom Cake with Eggplant Puree and Baby Herb Salad
Main: Paccheri Pasta stuffed with Ratatouille and Spa Boiled Egg
Dessert: American Key Lime Tart with Strawberry Sorbet


Event Details

Tue 8 Mar 2016
12:15pm - 2:00pm

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

HK$470 Asia Society/ German Chamber of Commerce/ Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce/ European Chamber of Commerce members; HK$570 Non-members