Germany's Parliamentary president Dr Norbert Lammert will talk about Europe, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, at RMIT today.
Dr Lammert is President of the German Bundestag (or Parliament) and has held that position for the past nine years.
The EU Centre at RMIT is hosting the event in conjunction with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria, the Goethe-Institut, Monash University and the University of Melbourne EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges.
Professor Bruce Wilson, Director of the EU Centre at RMIT, said that the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago was the beginning of the end of decades of a divided Europe.
"Since then, former enemies have shown what is possible in Europe, especially if it is brought about by a common purpose," he said.
"Europe can only move forward politically and economically together, especially when facing the challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution."
Dr Lammert has studied political science, sociology, modern history and social economics at the University of Bochum and the University of Oxford.
He obtained his doctorate in social sciences in 1975.
Dr Lammert has worked in the field of adult education and further training as a lecturer at various academies, foundations, associations and firms; was lecturer in political science at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences (economics department) and the University of Hagen (public administration).
What: Germany and the European Union 25 Years after the Peaceful Revolution
When: Friday, 31 October, 12pm - 2pm
Where: RMIT University, Kaleide Theatre, 342 Swanston St, Melbourne
For interviews: Professor Bruce Wilson, 0414 236 765.
For general media enquiries: Louise Handran, (03) 9925 9088 or 0400 715 363.