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Political Symposium

New Enlightenment


Freedom, solidarity and human rights - the fundamental pillars of the European Union - are all currently under attack. 2015 will go down in history as the turning point at which global reality reached the old continent. Within this context, the Political Symposium will concentrate on three core questions:

How can the EU build on its strength of placing common goals above what divides us in a crisis-ridden world? In the programme track "Foreign Policy", we will analyse how the EU can successfully implement the new "Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy".

What tools are needed to facilitate citizen involvement in the digital age? Under the theme "Innovation & Democracy" we explore new paths for politics, civil service and governance.

Which initiatives open up new pathways to sustainable development? A session with entrepreneurs who are putting UN Sustainable Development Goals into practice is presented and will form a bridge to the Economic Symposium.

Moreover, the programme track "International Law" opens the door to the Legal Symposium. For the first time, participants of the Political and Legal Symposia are welcome to attend both programmes.

Political Symposium

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15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary

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