Guenter Burghardt Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

The European Union and Transatlantic Relations: Conversation with Ambassador Guenter Burghardt, Head of the European Commission's Delegation to the United States: 3/7/02 by Harry Kreisler
Photo by Jane Scherr

Page 4 of 4

Lessons Learned

Mr. Ambassador, our time is just about up, so I want to ask you one final question requiring a brief answer. If students were to watch this tape, what lessons might they learn from this very interesting journey that you have taken, lessons about the world, its problems, and how they can be solved?

I think students today are normally of a generation which is the most sensitive to the way I try to explain things. I went myself through that period. I had the big chance in life that I could combine professional activity with my deep convictions concerning the political objectives of our society. And I would wish that many students, instead of just going after earning money, which is necessary to survive, see other objectives and ideals in life, and to go for a better world, to reflect about each of us and our respective contributions to that. That is a real challenge. I'm very optimistic that the young generation is very internationalist, is caring about what is going out there.

This is, by the way, the reason why the European Commission and we in Washington, have taken the initiative to support some of the academic activities in the United States universities through financing of European Union Centers. Whenever I visit a center, like today here at Berkeley, I'm heartened when meeting faculty and meeting students, and discussing with them and getting the sense that it is not very difficult to come at equal wavelengths on a number of very important issues out there.

Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for being with us today, holding a coinand talking to us about this very interesting journey that you've taken, and about your contribution to both European-American understanding, and the building of the European Union.Thank you very much.

Thank you very much, Harry. And please accept the one Euro coin from me, as an investment in our common endeavor for the transatlantic relationship.

Thank you. It will be the first one in my collection.

Don't spend it!

Okay. Very good.

And thank you very much for joining us for this Conversation with History.

© Copyright 2002, Regents of the University of California

To the Conversations page.