Europe stands for the rule of law and social justice, the separation of powers, democracy and freedom of the individual. These values are the foundation of our society and indeed of the activities of Stiftung Mercator, which are based on an openness to the world, pluralism and tolerance, participation and justice. We want to strengthen Europe, by which we mean the European Union and the candidate countries for EU accession. We want to help create a cohesive Europe that is capable of addressing urgent problems relevant to both today and the future. We are convinced that the European Union is the best organizational model for our continent. We want to ensure that European values are preserved and upheld in the future. This is all the more important in our twenty-first century world that is characterized by multipolarity between Europe, the USA, Asia and emerging economies: only a strong Europe can play a decisive role in shaping our joint future.