Europe must keep its promise of peace. I believe this is still our Union's ultimate purpose. But Europe can no longer rely on this promise alone to inspire citizens. In a way, it's a good thing; war-time memories are fading… So, where there was war, there is now peace. But another historic task now lies ahead of us: keeping peace where there is peace. After all, history is not a novel, a book we can close after a Happy Ending: we remain fully responsible for what is yet to come.
Extract from the Nobel Lecture "From War to Peace: A European Tale" Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on behalf of the European Union, Oslo, 10 December 2012.
To underline what Herman Van Rompuy said in his Nobel Lecture, and to inform people (and especially youth) as to what peace is all about, the City of Strasbourg has chosen Making Peace as the inaugural exhibition for its new 'Lieu d'Europe', literally meaning a 'Place of Europe'.
While Strasbourg is already home to several important European institutions, such as the Council of Europe (with its European Court of Human Rights), the International Institute of Human Rights (IIDH), and the European Parliament, this new centre (with research and exhibition facilities) will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the history of Europe, and how the different European institutions contribute to Making Peace.
In addition, schools and universities (including the University of Strasbourg, the second largest in France) will have the opportunity of using the Making Peace Educators Guide designed by Christa Tinari (Peace Praxis).