Dr. Rainer Adams, the chairperson
offered personal remarks on the session, pointing out that there are lessons to be learnt
from the fact that for many years the French were the arch enemies of "us
Germans." Now both are partners in the European Monetary Union (EMU). Change comes
slowly and gradually "but its possible." In the case of Germany and France
it was brought about by economic co-ordination, frequent travel and personal contacts
between the people of France and Germany.