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Peace Conference to mark the 100th anniversary of WWI.


04 Mar 2014 07:30 to 05 Mar 2014 14:00

Event Type

M - Seminar, presentation

Organiser type

EU Institutions


Justice & Home Affairs

Event Location

4-5 March 2014 in Brussels and Ypres

Event Description

Peace Conference to mark the 100th anniversary of WWI Organised by the GUE/NGL with the support of the “International Peace Bureau" (ipb)

04-05 March 2014, Brussels and Ypres, European Parliament (ASP 1G2)

Interpretation: FR, DE, NL, EN, DA, EL, ES, PT, SV, CS, LV, HR

Together with peace activists from NGOs, in particular the International Peace Bureau (IPB), and social movements, the GUE/NGL is organising a conference to mark the centenary of the First World War. To combat the rise of nationalism and growing militarisation inside the European Union, we want to reclaim the idea of a peaceful European integration process based on international solidarity and disarmament. At the one-day conference we want to discuss our alternatives for global justice and a culture for peace followed by a trip to Ypres, the 'city of peace'. 

The flyer can be downloaded below

04 March 2014: Conference in Brussels

09:30-12:30 Moderation: Christine Vergiat (GUEN/NGL)

9.30 - 10.00 Welcome and greetings

  • Gabi Zimmer (President GUE/NGL), Ingeborg Breines (International Peace Bureau),
  • A short video and a historical review
  • Reiner Braun (International Peace Bureau)

10.00 - 11.30

  • Militarisation of the European Union
  • Michael Youlton (PANA, Ireland); Sabine Lösing (GUE/NGL) 

11.30– 12.30

  • 1914 -2014 Military technological complex and its development
  • Reiner Braun (International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms/IPB)
  • Willy Meyer (GUE/NGL)

12:30 - 14:15 

  • Lunch Break

14.15 -14.45

  • Screening of the Movie: "Im Westen nichts Neues!"
  • Introduction by Kollege Lucas Wirl (INES)

15:00 - 16:30 Moderation: Ingeborg Breines (International Peace Bureau)

  • Pacifism in history and today: lessons learnt for radical peace engagement
  • Patrick Le Hyaric (VP GUE/NGL) and Kate Hudson (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)

16:30 - 18:30 Moderation: Mikael Gustafsson (GUE/NGL)

  • Round table discussion with: Paul Lansu (Pax Christi), Nikola Vuljanic (GUE/NGL),  Aida Topic (Sarajevo), Francis Wurtz (PCF France) 

19:00 - 20:00

  • Reception "Peace Exhibition"
  • Welcome and Greetings: Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL)
  • Opening speeches: Willi van Ooyen (DIE LINKE)


  • Dinner in cooperation with Peace activists in Brussels, 
  • Dinner speech: Pieter Teirlinck (Vrede BE), Takis Hadjigeorgiou (Vice President of the GUE/NGL)

05 March 2014: Trip to Ypres 

  • 08:30 - 15:00  

Responsible staff member: Martin Herberg,

GUE/NGL press contact   Gianfranco Battistini  + 32 475 646628


Related documents
  • Peace Conference to mark the 100th anniversary of WW1 - Download