Study Trip of a delegation of the International Department of the CPC on the Future of European Social Democracy to Berlin and Brussels

Event: Society and Politics

Through talks with academic experts, policy analysts and decision-makers during their study trip on the future of European Social democracy to Berlin and Brussels, a delegation of the International Department of the CPC could deepen their understanding of the state and perspectives of social democracy in Germany and Europe.

From November 20th – November 26th a four-member delegation of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) led by Ms. Zhao Liying, Deputy Head of the Subdivision for Western Europe and the EU, visited Berlin and Brussels to hold political talks. Ms. Zhao was accompanied by Ms. Zhao Jing, Member of the Planning Staff of IDCPC, Mr. Du Yang, Third Secretary of the Subdivision for Western Europe and the EU and Ms. Li Shen, Advisor at the German Department of the Subdivision for Western Europe and the EU.

 

During their visit to Berlin from November 20th – November 23rd the delegation had vivid discussions with German academic experts, policy analysts and decision makers.

On November 21st they first had a meeting in the headquarters of FES on the topics “Social Democratic Policy for Europe” and the “Rise of Populist Parties and Theses in Germany and Europe” with experts from FES. In the afternoon they held further talks with representatives of the International Department of SPD Berlin on the “Current Change of Course of Social Democracy and the View of Europeans on the Chinese Government Concept”.

In the morning of November 22nd representatives of the International Department of SPD shared their views on the current state and perspectives of the German and European social democracy with the delegation. In the afternoon the delegation had a discussion at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) on the topic “The Current Development and Perspectives on the European-Chinese Relations”. Afterwards they met two representatives of the Progressive Center (Das Progressives Zentrum) to talk about the “New European Social Democracy”.

During their last meeting in Berlin in the afternoon of November 23rd Michelle Müntefering (SPD) and Omid Nouripour (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Members of the German Bundestag, shared their views on the state and future of German and European social democracy and German-Chinese relations with the experts from China.

The talks with academic experts, policy analysts and decision makers were continued during the stay of the delegation in Brussels from November 23rd – November 26th. Among others, the delegation visited the European Policy Centre, the European External Action Service and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies to talk about European foreign policy as well as the current state and future prospects of the EU in general and European social democracy in particular.

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