Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to be back together with you today. I would like to extend my warmest thanks to Didier Cahen and David Wright for having literally moved mountains to make this meeting possible! And today no place could be better than Berlin: three decades ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall injected new impetus into the construction of Europe. More than ever, we need the “Berlin Spirit” back as the European project is facing another decisive moment.