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Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2019

“From Ambition to Action: Making Multilateralism Work”

25-26 November 2019, Berlin

On 26 November 2019, Körber-Stiftung in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office hosted the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum for the ninth time. Under the headline “From Ambition to Action: Making Multilateralism Work” the Berlin Forum set the stage for discussions on the most important current foreign policy challenges for Germany and Europe. How can Germany strengthen multilateral structures together with its key partners? How will election results in EU member states and of the European Parliament affect European integration and the EU's international role? Can we develop international regimes to control new technologies in warfare and prevent a new global arms race?

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened the Berlin Forum with a keynote speech together with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Ine Eriksen Søreide, followed by a discussion on how to strengthen multilateral structures. Moreover, Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe, Minister of Finance & Public Expenditure of Ireland, Nadia María Calviño Santamaría, Spanish Minister of Economy and Business, and Sabine Weyand, European Director-General for Trade, discussed the role of Europe in a geo-economic world.

David Zalkaliani, Georgian Foreign Minister, Valery Voronetsky, Chairperson of the Commission on International Affairs of Belarus, Olena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, and Roderich Kiesewetter, Member of the German Bundestag, discussed Europe’s (South-)Eastern neighbourhood, and especially the role of the EU in (South-)Eastern Europe.

The afternoon began with a “Conflict Zone” discussion in cooperation with DW. İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, answered questions by moderator Tim Sebastian and the audience. Furthermore, State Secretary Antje Leendertse, Alexander Grushko, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Richard Burt, US Chair of Global Zero, and Zhao Tong, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, discussed current challenges in arms control.

The Berlin Forum concluded with a Spotlight Interview in cooperation with DER SPIEGEL. In an interview moderated by Britta Sandberg, Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair of Alliance 90/The Greens, talked about German and European foreign policy.

At the Berlin Forum, Körber-Stiftung presented the third edition of its foreign policy publication The Berlin Pulse. It includes the results of a representative survey on the attitudes of the German public towards foreign policy: Should Germany strive for greater independence from the US in defence matters? Should the EU have been more accommodating during the Brexit negotiations? Is Germany a forerunner in climate policy within the EU? Prominent German and international authors, such as Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jacek Czaputowicz, Polish Foreign Minister, express their hopes and expectations for German foreign policy in 2020. You can find all results and contributions here: www.theberlinpulse.org.

Once a year, the Berlin Forum convenes a group of 250 high-ranking politicians, government representatives, experts and journalists. In addition to the German foreign policy community, around half of the participants come from other European countries, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Since its initiation in 2011, the Berlin Forum has become the most important forum for foreign and security policy debates in Berlin. Attracting more than 65.000 live views in 2019, the Berlin Forum reaches a broad European and international audience.

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Young Delegates at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum

Körber-Stiftung is delighted to announce the launch of the Young Delegates Programme at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2019, which presents an opportunity for students, PhD candidates and recent university graduates to participate in this high-ranking conference.

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Selected Speakers

Heiko Maas

Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Federal Republic of Germany

Ine Eriksen Søreide

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Kingdom of Norway

Annalena Baerbock

Co-Chair
Alliance 90/The Greens

Paschal Donohoe

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform
Ireland

David Zalkaliani

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Georgia

Nathalie Tocci

Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Special Adviser to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

Participants

On 26 November, 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)

Selected Media Coverage

Please find here selected national and international media coverage of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2019.

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Cooperation partners

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Gallery

  • Welcome Address by Federal Minister For Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas    
  • Welcome Address by Federal Minister For Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas    
  • Audience    
  • Welcome Address by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide    
  • Kori Schake, Nils Schmid, Tina Hassel, Jan Eliasson, Ine Eriksen Søreide    
  • Leonie Bremer, Spokesperson, Fridays for Future    
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  • Interactive Presentation of the Berlin Pulse 2019 by James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategy, Pew Research Center and Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung    
  • Roderich Kiesewetter, Valery Voronetsky, Nathalie Tocci, Olena Zerkal, David Zalkaliani    
  • Olena Zerkal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European Integration, Ukraine    
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  • David Zalkaliani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia    
  • Tim Sebastian, Presenter Conflict Zone, DW, und İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey    
  • Nora Müller, Sabine Weyand, Paschal Donohoe, Thomas Paulsen, Olaf Scholz, Nadia María Calviño Santamaría    
  • Nadia María Calviño Santamaría, Olaf Scholz, Sabine Weyand, Paschal Donohoe, Nora Müller    
  • Alexander Grushko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation    
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  • Richard Burt, U.S. Chair, Global Zero    
  • Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair, Alliance 90/The Greens; Member, German Bundestag and Britta Sandberg, DER SPIEGEL    
  • Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair, Alliance 90/The Greens; Member, German Bundestag    
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    Agenda

    Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    9:00 – 9:30
    Opening Remarks
    Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung
    Welcome Addresses
    Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany
    Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Norway

    9:30 – 10:30
    From Ambition to Action: How to Make Multilateralism Work
    Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Norway
    Jan Eliasson, fmr. Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations; Chair, Governing Board, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
    Nils Schmid, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, SPD Parliamentary Group; Member, German Bundestag
    Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
    Intervention: Leonie Bremer, Spokesperson, Fridays for Future
    Moderator: Tina Hassel, Head, Berlin Studio, ARD

    10:30 – 11:00
    Coffee Break

    11:00 – 11:15
    The Berlin Pulse 2019: German Foreign Policy and Public Opinion
    In Cooperation with Pew Research Center
    Interactive Presentation by Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung & James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategy, Pew Research Center

    11:15 – 12:30
    Still a Transformative Power? The EU and its Neighbourhood
    David Zalkaliani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia
    Valery Voronetsky, Chairperson, Standing Commission on International Affairs, House of Representatives of the National Assembly, Republic of Belarus
    Olena Zerkal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European Integration, Ukraine
    Roderich Kiesewetter, Member, German Bundestag; Special Representative for Foreign Affairs, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
    Moderator: Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

    12:30 – 14:15
    Breakout Sessions / Lunch

    14:15 – 15:00
    Conflict Zone
    In Cooperation with DW
    İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
    Moderator: Tim Sebastian, Presenter Conflict Zone, DW

    15:00 – 15:30
    Coffee Break

    15:30 – 16:30
    Taxes, Tariffs, Trade Agreements: Europe in a Geo-Economic World
    Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Germany
    Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Ireland
    Nadia María Calviño Santamaría, Acting Minister of Economy and Business, Kingdom of Spain
    Sabine Weyand, Director-General, Directorate-General Trade, European Commission
    Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

    16:30 – 17:00
    Coffee Break

    17:00 – 18:00
    Arms Control in the 21st Century: New Technologies, New Arms Race?
    Antje Leendertse, State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office
    Alexander Grushko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
    Richard Burt, U.S. Chair, Global Zero
    ZHAO Tong, Senior Fellow, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
    Moderator: Des Browne, Vice Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Chair, European Leadership Network

    18:00 – 18:30
    Spotlight Interview: Is Europe Going Green?
    In Cooperation with DER SPIEGEL
    Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair, Alliance 90/The Greens; Member, German Bundestag, Berlin
    Moderator: Britta Sandberg, Correspondent, Paris Bureau, DER SPIEGEL

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