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Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2018

“Unite or Decline: Europe’s Future in an Unruly World”

26-27 November 2018, Berlin

On 27 November, Körber Foundation in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office hosted the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum. Under the headline “Unite or Decline: Europe’s Future in an Unruly World” the Forum set the stage for discussions on the most important foreign policy challenges for Germany and Europe.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum with a welcome address on the future of Europe, together with the Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák. This was followed by a discussion between Miroslav Lajčák, Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the German Bundestag, and Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director and columnist of Le Monde on how to keep the European Union united, with a particular focus on Western and Central Eastern European states. Miroslav Lajčák declared on this occasion his resignation as foreign minister if his country rejects the UN Migration Compact.

At the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, Körber Foundation presented the second edition of its foreign policy publication THE BERLIN PULSE, which includes the results of a representative survey on the attitudes of Germans to foreign policy: Has Germany really done enough to end the war in Syria? Was the EU Eastern enlargement in 2004 the right decision? And is China’s growing influence positive or negative? Florian Eder, Managing Editor, Expansion, POLITICO Europe, and Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs at Körber Foundation, presented the survey results in an interactive discussion to the audience and questioned the participants about their opinions. You can find all results and contributions to THE BERLIN PULSE here: www.theberlinpulse.org.

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, opened the discussion on the changing global order, the role of multilateralism in a shifting international system, and the importance of maintaining the rule of law as the core fundament of international understanding. The following discussion focused on the future of the liberal world order.

The afternoon panel discussions focused on Russia's role in international relations and current developments in the Sea of Azov, as well as on different regional perspectives on the current situation in the Middle East. In a Spotlight interview, Britta Sandberg (DER SPIEGEL) discussed with German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen the idea of a common European army.

The Berlin Foreign Policy Forum concluded with a “Conflict Zone” discussion in cooperation with DW. In a heated discussion, Saeb Erekat, Chief Negotiator and Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, answered questions by moderator Tim Sebastian and participants on the current state of the negotiations as well as on the political situation in the Palestinian territories.

Once a year, the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum convenes an international group of 250 high-ranking politicians, government representatives, experts and journalists. In addition to the German foreign policy community, more than half of the participants come from other European countries, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Since its initiation in 2011, the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum has become the most important forum for foreign and security policy debates in Berlin. Attracting more than 60.000 live views in 2018, the Forum reaches an even broader European and international audience. The hashtag #berlinfpf on Twitter summarizes questions and comments to the discussions during the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum.

Selected Speakers

Fatou Bensouda
Prosecutor,
International Criminal Court

Heiko Maas
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Federal Republic of Germany

Jüri Luik
Minister of Defence,
Republic of Estonia

Rose Gottemoeller
Deputy Secretary General,
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Ursula von der Leyen
Minister of Defence,
Federal Republic of Germany

Aleksey Pushkov
Chairman,
Committee on Information and Media, Council of Federation, Federal Assembly of Russia

Participants

On November, 27 eminent politicians, government representatives, experts and journalists came together at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum. The group of participants included representatives from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

List of Participants (PDF)

Media Coverage

Please find here selected national and international media coverage of this year’s Berlin Foreign Policy Forum.

Media Coverage (PDF)

Gallery

  • Welcome Address by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas    
  • Miroslav Lajcak, Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Dr. Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Board of Körber-Stiftung and Heiko Maas, German Federal Foreign Minister    
  • Opening Remarks by Dr. Thomas Paulsen and Presentation of The Berlin Pulse    
  • Welcome Address by Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajcak    
  • Dr. Thomas Paulsen gives a personal copy of The Berlin Pulse to Federal Foreign Minister Maas    
  • Conference booklet and programme    
  • Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director; Columnist, Le Monde    
  • Norbert Röttgen, MP, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag    
  • Saeb Erekat, Secretary General, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO); Chief Palestinian Negotiator and Udi Dekel, Managing Director, The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)    
  • Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung    
  • Participant voting during the interactive presentation of The Berlin Pulse    
  • Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC)    
  • Nora Müller, Danielle Pletka, WANG Huiyao, Vladimir Chizhov, Omid Nouripour    
  • Question from the audience    
  • Frederik Pleitgen, Jüri Luik, Rose Gottemoeller, Aleksey Pushkov, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Philip Barton    
  • Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence    
  • Audience    
  • Hossein Mousavian, Adel Al-Toraifi, Roula Khalaf, Philipp Ackermann    
  • Tim Sebastian, Moderator Conflict Zone, DW and Saeb Erekat, Secretary General, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO); Chief Palestinian Negotiator    
  • Photos: Marc Darchinger

    Videos

    Agenda

    Tuesday, 27 November 2018

    9:00 – 09:30
    Opening Remarks
    Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung

    Welcome Address
    Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany
    Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic

    9:30 – 10:30
    Keeping Europe Together: The Path Forward
    Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic
    Norbert Röttgen, MP, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
    Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director; Columnist, Le Monde
    Moderator: Ariane Reimers, Correspondent, Berlin Studio, ARD

    10:30 – 11:00
    Coffee Break

    11:00 – 11:25
    THE BERLIN PULSE 2018: The Germans’ View on Foreign Policy
    Interactive Discussion with Florian Eder, Managing Editor, Expansion, POLITICO Europe, and Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

    11:25 – 12:45
    Beyond Liberal Order – A New Era of Great Power Conflict?
    Opening Statement: Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
    Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the European Union
    Omid Nouripour, MP, Spokesperson on Foreign Policy, Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag
    Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice-President, Foreign and Defence Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
    WANG Huiyao, Founder; President, Center for China and Globalization
    Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

    12:45 – 14:30
    Breakout Sessions / Lunch
    (registration on 27 November / not open to the press)

    14:30 – 15:30
    Russia Going Global? Prospects for Engagement
    Jüri Luik, Minister of Defence, Republic of Estonia
    Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
    Philip Barton, Director General, Consular and Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    Aleksey Pushkov, Chairman, Committee on Information and Media, Council of Federation, Federal Assembly of Russia
    Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, MP, Deputy Chairman, FDP Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag
    Moderator: Frederik Pleitgen, Senior International Correspondent, CNN

    15:30 – 16:00
    Coffee Break

    16:00 – 16:30
    Spotlight Interview: Can Europe Defend Itself?
    In Cooperation with DER SPIEGEL
    Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence, Federal Republic of Germany
    Moderator: Britta Sandberg, Head, Foreign Desk, DER SPIEGEL

    16:30 – 17:30
    Re-Shuffling the Cards? Perspectives on a Changing Middle East
    Adel Al-Toraifi, fmr. Minister of Culture and Information, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Chairman, Castlereagh Associates UK
    Hossein Mousavian, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University
    Philipp Ackermann, Director-General, Near and Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Federal Foreign Office
    Moderator: Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

    Input: Udi Dekel, Managing Director, The Institute for National Security Studies

    17:30 – 18:00
    Coffee Break

    18:00 – 18:45
    Conflict Zone
    In Cooperation with DW
    Saeb Erekat, Secretary General, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO); Chief Palestinian Negotiator
    Moderator: Tim Sebastian, Presenter Conflict Zone, DW

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