Programme to the 100th birthday of Egon Bahr

17 March: to the 100th Birthday

He was a mastermind, trailblazer and reconciler. Whether common security, arms control, cooperation and reconciliation with eastern neighbors, overcoming the division of Germany as a problem of European division - Egon Bahr made decisive contributions to each of these policy areas that are of historical significance.

On March 17, 2022, starting at 7:00 p.m., German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will pay tribute to Egon Bahr's life's work. Afterwards, former Austrian Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer will speak "a word of thanks."

"A challenger ..." turns one hundred will then be discussed by Peter Brandt, Götz Neuneck, Hans Joachim Gießmann and Irina Mohr.

You are cordially invited to attend.

18 March: 5th Egon Bahr Symposium

Egon Bahr was not only an essential architect of the Willy Brandt government’s policy of detente and Ostpolitik, but also a mastermind for common security and peace in Europe. He had the ability to think strategically in long lines and to include other policy fields. On March 18, 2022, Egon Bahr would have turned 100 years old.

The aim of the 5th Egon Bahr Symposium is to assess the current situation after the breach of international law by Russian President Putin and to reflect on short- and medium-term consequences. In doing so, we will discuss the challenges for the new European security architecture and then turn to the global prospects for security and peace in Asia.

After an impulse in each case, questions of regional, European and global security will be discussed in two panels. The first panel will deal with the European situation. The second panel will address Europe’s role in the Indo-Pacific in light of the new alliance dynamics in the region.


Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Board Member of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e. V.
Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, former Minister, Chairwoman of the Willy-Brandt-Kreis


Tribute to Egon Bahr

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz


Egon Bahr on his 100th Birthday – a word of thanks

Dr. Heinz Fischer, former Federal President, Austria


Roundtable Discussion

"A challenger ..." turns one hundred

with Peter Brandt, Götz Neuneck, Hans Joachim Gießmann and Irina Mohr


Moderated by Simone Rieth

Dr. Sabine Fandrych
, Secretary General of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
, Chairwoman of the Willy-Brandt-Kreis, former Federal Minister

Welcoming Speech
Franziska Giffey
, Governing Mayor of Berlin

Lars Klingbeil
, SPD Chairman

PANEL 1: War: New Consequences for Security and Peace in and around Europe


  • Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Luxembourg
  • Niels Annen, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Richard R. Burt, former US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Rüdiger Lüdeking, former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OSCE in Vienna
  • Ljudmyla Melnyk, Ukraine, Research Associate, Institut fuer Europaeische Politik
  • Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse, Director, Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)
  • Dr. Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

Dr. Reinhard Krumm, Director Regional Office for the Baltic States of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Lunch Break

PANEL 2: Global challenges for security and peace in Asia

Kevin Rudd, former (26th) Prime Minister of Australia, President of the Asia Society


  • Prof. Zhou Hong, Member of the Academic Council of CASS (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) and EU Jean Monnet Chair, Southwest China University of Transportation (SWJTU)
  • Prof. Dr. Nele Noesselt, Chair of Political Science & Politics of East Asia/China at the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Staack, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg
  • Liew Chin Tong, former Vice-Secretary of Defense, Malaysia
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst U. von Weizsäcker, Honorary President of the Club of Rome

Prof. Dr. Götz Neuneck, Senior Research Fellow at the IFSH and Professor at the MIN Faculty of the University of Hamburg

Closing remarks

Event Moderation: Simone Rieth

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