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.
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
"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
Franziska Giffey, Governing Mayor of Berlin
Lars Klingbeil, SPD Chairman
PANEL 1: War: New Consequences for Security and Peace in and around Europe
Dr. Reinhard Krumm, Director Regional Office for the Baltic States of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
PANEL 2: Global challenges for security and peace in Asia
Kevin Rudd, former (26th) Prime Minister of Australia, President of the Asia Society
Prof. Dr. Götz Neuneck, Senior Research Fellow at the IFSH and Professor at the MIN Faculty of the University of Hamburg
Event Moderation: Simone Rieth