Islamabad—A lecture on “Opportunities and Challenges to European Union” was arranged by Department of International Relations, NUML on 11th May, 2016. Dr. Dan Tidten, First Secretary of German Embassy delivered talks on the relations between Germany and Pakistan. Lecture started with a general description of German state. He also discussed the commonalities and differences between Germany and Pakistan.
He considers that in demographic composition most population in Pakistan is composed of young people where as in Germany it’s vice versa. Similarly he pointed out that Pakistan is the part of SAARC where as Germany is the member of European Union that is the most integrated region of the world. Discussing the same aspects of regionalism he said that trade balance volume between Pakistan and Germany is roughly equal as to that between Pakistan and India. He in high spirits commented about Pakistan and Germany good trade relations.
He enlisted certain products as textiles, leather, and surgical instruments that Germany is importing from Pakistan where as Pakistan is importing Chemicals, heavy machinery and pharmaceuticals from Germany. He mentioned the emotional attachment of Allama Iqbal with Germany and later on the contribution of Professor Annemarie Schimmel in Iqbal studies. The speaker very cheerfully highlighted the increasing number of Pakistan students in Germany.
Further the speaker talked on the emergence of European Union and the historical relations between France and Germany. In this regard he commented on the ideas of integration that gradually embedded in the European culture promoting European identity.
The Students and faculty of IR department took a lot of interest and enthusiastically participated. Questions asked by the participants demonstrated their curiosity in the subject. One of the questions asked was about the future of European Union. Dr. Dan responded positively and presented a brief historical analysis of European politics.