The idea

Since 1961 eminent international politicians and experts have met at the Bergedorf Round Table to discuss fundamental questions pertaining to German and European foreign and security policy in small and intimate groups.

The Round Table provides foreign policy decision-makers with a forum for a frank exchange of views in which they are not subject to the constraints and pressures of everyday life. Here they are able to develop new ideas and policy alternatives in an intimate and informal atmosphere.

Today, the Bergedorf Round Table focuses on perspectives of German and European foreign policy in three regions: Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Hitherto more than 3,000 politicians, government representatives and experts from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US have participated in more than 150 Bergedorf Round Tables.

"The Bergedorf Round Table is a training camp for all who are prepared to cross the boundaries of their own discipline, political party and interests in order to learn by confronting the different experiences and perspectives of others".

German Federal President (ret.) Dr. Richard von Weizsäcker,
Chairman of the Bergedorf Round Table until November 2014



The participants of the 166th Bergedorf Round Table – 35 high-ranking politicians, government officials and experts from Europe and the U.S. – will seek to explore in Paris the question of the future of Europe in a post-Atlantic world. What steps are necessary in order for the Europeans “to take their fate into their own hands”?

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The participants of the 165th Bergedorf Round Table, which was held in cooperation with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in Saint Petersburg from 21-23 May 2017, examined the trajectory of the relationship between Russia and Europe in light of the new geopolitical coordinates.

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Previous Round Tables

166th Bergedorf Round Table in Paris, 16-18 October 2017
“Reinventing Europe: The Old Continent in a Post-Atlantic World”

165th Bergedorf Round Table in Saint Petersburg, 21-23 May 2017
“Friends, Foes or None of the Above? Russia and Europe in a New Age of Uncertainty”

164th Bergedorf Round Table in Riyadh, 13 March 2017, and Tehran, 15 March 2017
“More than Containment? Europe’s Policy Options in the Middle East”

163rd Bergedorf Round Table, Berlin, 11-12 November 2016
“A Westphalia for the Middle East?”

162nd Bergedorf Round Table, Moscow, 10-12 July 2016
“Russia and Europe: What Unites Us, What Divides Us?”

161st Bergedorf Round Table, Berlin, 11-13 March 2016
“Europe at the Crossroads: Challenges and Chances of the Refugee Crisis”

160th Bergedorf Round Table, Beijing, 28 - 30 October 2015
“New Players – Old Rules? The Global Order in Transition”

159th Bergedorf Round Table, Berlin, 26 - 28 June 2015
“Along the Silk Road. Prospects and Challenges of Cooperation between Europe, Russia and China”

158th Bergedorf Round Table, Amman, 13 - 15 March 2015
“Crisis Containment: A New Quality of Disorder in the Middle East”

157th Bergedorf Round Table, Hamburg, 7 - 9 November 2014
“Responsibility of Global Trading Powers in the Asian Century”

156th Bergedorf Round Table, Tehran, 13 - 15 June 2014
“Iran and the West: Prospects for Cooperation”

155th Bergedorf Round Table, Athens, March 15 – 16, 2014
“Emerging from the Crisis. The Future Europe”

154th Bergedorf Round Table, Jakarta, November 2 – 3, 2013
“Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific”

153rd Bergedorf Round Table, Istanbul, May 25 – 26, 2013
“Managing Expectations - What Future for the Middle East?”

152nd Bergedorf Round Table, Kraków, March 23 – 24, 2013
“Maintaining European Unity”

151th Bergedorf Round Table, Huangshan, 31 August – 2 September 2012
“What China Wants. Prospects for Cooperation with Europe”

150th Bergedorf Round Table, Cairo, March 16-18, 2012
“The future of democracy in the Arab World”

149th Bergedorf Round Table, Berlin, September 10, 2011
"Europe and Asia: Partners in a New Global Order?"

148th Bergedorf Round Table, Muscat, March 11-13, 2011
“Transition in the Arab World: Implications for Gulf Security”

147th Bergedorf Round Table, Beijing, October 14-16, 2010
”Global Governance: How Can China and Europe cooperate?“

146th Bergedorf Round Table, Berlin, 28 to 30 May 2010
“The Role of the Federal Armed Forces in German Foreign and Security Policy“

145th Bergedorf Round Table, Washington, D.C., March 9-11, 2010
The Limits of Power: Europe and America in a New World Order

Afghanistan Forum, January 21st, 2010, Berlin
Stability for Afghanistan: Priorities and Perspectives of German Involvement

144th Bergedorf Round Table, October 2-4, 2009, Kiev
Europe’s East between Brussels and Moscow

143rd Bergedorf Round Table, June 12-14, 2009, Berlin
Is a Common European Foreign Policy possible?

142nd Bergedorf Round Table, March 20-22, 2009, Beirut
Conflict Management in the Middle East: Regional Solutions to Regional Problems?

141st Bergedorf Round Table, Moscow, October 24-26, 2008
Russia’s Responsibility in Global Affairs

140th Bergedorf Round Table, Berlin, June 13-15, 2008
The Future of NATO

139th Bergedorf Round Table, Damascus, February 22-24, 2008
Iraq and its Neighbourhood: Strategies for Stability

138th Bergedorf Round Table, Warsaw, September 28-30, 2007
Can the EU Ensure Europe’s Security?

137th Bergedorf Round Table, Astana, Kazakhstan, May 4-6, 2007
European Policy in Central Asia

136th Bergedorf Round Table, Istanbul, February 23-25, 2007
Turkey As A Partner For European Foreign Policy


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