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Dear readers, the issue of Peace and Europe is complex and extensive. As “peace-cities”, Münster and Osnabrück feel a special connection to peace. Münster and Osnabrück are the cities, in which the “Peace of Westphalia” was concluded in 1648 – after 5 years of negotiation, under severe circumstances and in a seemingly hopeless situation. This peace treaty turned out to be novel and full of consequences in many respects. Through this treaty, an age of gory confessional wars in Europe found its end. The confusing conflicts were from now on solved through dialogue and equal negotiations. The “Peace of Westphalia” thus laid the important foundation for modern international law. As a symbol for this historic and current significance for the whole of Europe, the historic city halls of Münster and Osnabrück were each awarded the European Heritage Label, which are now located in the respective peace halls of these buildings.

The two cities of the “Peace of Westphalia” regard it as their duty to endorse the issue of Peace and Europe beyond their borders and to translate the achievements of the “Peace of Westphalia” in terms of our present and future. As bearer of the European Heritage Label, the two cities and many partners celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 with the motto Peace.Europe.

In this context, a series of diverse events and projects will take place in Münster and Osnabrück, illuminating the issue of “peace” in all its facets.

The opening ceremony on 28 April 2018 in the Münster city hall marks the beginning of the festivities.

This blog will present projects and complement them thematically and would like to initiate debates as well as discussions from diverse angles. We are looking forward to a vivid participation, new perspectives and current references!

Markus Lewe, Mayor of Münster; Wolfgang Griesert, Mayor of Osnabrück

The authors

Oberbürgermeister Markus Lewe wurde am 27. März 1965 in Münster geboren. Der studierte Verwaltungswirt ist seit 1982 politisch engagiert, zunächst im Vorstand der Jungen Union und der CDU, von 1999 bis 2009 als Bezirksbürgermeister in Münster Südost, von 2007 bis 2009 war er Vorsitzender der CDU Münster.

Im September 2015 wurde Markus Lewe zum zweiten Mal zum Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Münster gewählt. Seit Januar 2018 ist er Präsident des Deutschen Städtetages.

Markus Lewe ist verheiratet und hat fünf Kinder. Er wohnt im Stadtteil Angelmodde.

Markus Lewe was born on 27 March 1965 in Münster, were he is now mayor. He studied public administration and has been politically active since 1982: first as a board member of the Junge Union and the CDU, from 1999 to 2009 as district mayor in Münster South East. From 2007 to 2009 he was chairman of the CDU Münster.

In September 2015, Markus Lewe was elected mayor of Münster for the second time. Since January 2018, he is President of the German Association of Cities.

Markus Lewe is married and has five children. He lives in the district of Angelmodde.

Wolfgang Griesert, geboren am 6. Oktober 1957 in Krefeld, ist seit 2013 Oberbürgermeister der Friedensstadt Osnabrück. Wolfgang Griesert studierte Architektur an der Universität Dortmund mit anschließendem 2. Staatsexamen. In seinem Berufsleben arbeitete er in den Städten Kiel, Krefeld und Minden. Von 2005 bis 2013 war er Bau- und Umweltdezernent von Osnabrück. Er ist verheiratet, hat drei Kinder und ist treuer Fan des VfL Osnabrück, was derzeit eine gewisse Leidensfähigkeit voraussetzt.

Wolfgang Griesert, born on 6 October 1957 in Krefeld, has been mayor of the “peace-city” Osnabrück since 2013. Wolfgang Griesert studied architecture at the University of Dortmund and attained the 2nd state examination. As an architect, he worked in Kiel, Krefeld and Minden. From 2005 to 2013, he was head of the Building and Environment Department Osnabrück. He is married, has three children and is a faithful fan of the VfL Osnabrück football club, which requires a certain capacity for suffering at the time.