Protests against the Goethe Institute closure plan – Culture and entertainment

Paris/Berlin (dpa) – The planned closure of three Goethe Institutes in France, responsible for international cultural policy, is encountering widespread resistance there and in Germany. The VDFG announced that more than 45 associations and institutions, as well as more than 400 personalities from science, culture, politics, media and society had joined an open letter from the Association of Franco-German Societies to Europe (VDFG).

The call not to close the Goethe Institutes in Bordeaux, Lille and Strasbourg should be sent to the federal government, the Bundestag and the Goethe Institute on the occasion of the Franco-German cabinet meeting in Hamburg on Monday. The VDFG called not to weaken the basis on which peaceful and cooperative coexistence in Europe is based – the close cooperation and understanding between Germans and French – in difficult times for world and European politics. Cuts in cultural exchange, meetings and language acquisition are not an effective means.

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