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19: Overcoming the Credibility Gap

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
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Ever since the 2008 financial crisis and the Euro and migration crises, confidence in political elites and democratic institutions has eroded across Europe. How might responsible leadership and good governance work together to reverse this trend and revive our democratic values?

Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Key Note
TV Correspondent, ARD, Berlin
Head of Global Intelligence Services, Linde AG, Munich
Head, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin
Editor-in-Chief,, Berlin Chair

Ph.D. Hans Mathias KEPPLINGER

Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Student, Political Science, History, Communications in Mainz, Munich (LMU) and Berlin (FU) Doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) in Political Science, History, Communications, University of Mainz University assistant to Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann Postdoctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in Communications (Publizistikwissenschaft), University of Mainz Heisenberg Scholarship University Professor (Chair) in Communications Research (Publizistikwissenschaft), University of Mainz University of California Berkeley University of Munich (LMU) University of Tunis Southern Illinois University, Carbondale University of Zurich, 2011 University of Lugano Harvard University University of Luzern President, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft Director, Department of Communications, University of Mainz Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Mainz
 Guest professor, visiting Professor, fellow:
 Service to the Community

Mag.a Tamara ANTHONY

TV Correspondent, ARD, Berlin

NDR-Volontariat Autorin und Redakteurin in der Redaktion des ARD-Politikmagazins PANORAMA
 Master of Arts European Studies, College of Europe, Brügge/Belgien
 Magister Artium Geschichte, Journalistik, Öffentliches Recht, Universität Hamburg
 während des Studium Freie Mitarbeit beim NDR und bei ARD-aktuell

Array Nicolaus HEINEN

Head of Global Intelligence Services, Linde AG, Munich

Lecturer, Economic Policy, University of Cologne
 Since 2015 Head of Global Intelligence Services, Linde AG


Head, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin

Cours de la Langue et Civilisation Française, Université Paris I (Sorbonne), Paris, France, Diplôme de la Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (Result: mention bien) and Certificat du Secrétariat de la Chambre de Commerce de Paris A-levels (Abitur), Evangelisches Gymnasium, Siegen, Overall Result: 1,9 Master of Arts in Political Science, Public Law and Sociology, Bonn University Master s thesis:  Between realistic interests and moral obligation: German Foreign Policy Student Assistant, Center for European Integration Studies (Assistant to Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt), Bonn University Erasmus exchange semester at Venice International University (VIU) and Università Ca Foscari, Venice, Italy Research stay at State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany  DAAD short-term research grand, M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection Research Assistant and Lecturer, Chair of political science and contemporary history (Prof. Dr. Christian Hacke), Bonn University PhD in Political Science, Bonn University, Doctoral thesis:  John H. Herz  An Intellectual Biography , Overall result: Summa Cum Laude Research Assistant and Lecturer, Program for North American studies (Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke), Bonn University Lecturer, Department of International Relations (Prof. Dr. Beate Neuss), Chemnitz Technical University Program Officer, Future Forum Berlin, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) Associate, Project team:  Strategic Thinking , Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Berlin Advisor on disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation at the German Bundestag, Office of Roderich Kiesewetter, Member of the German Bundestag, German Bundestag, Berlin Acting Head of Program, Future Forum Berlin Program Officer, Future Forum Berlin, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Array Ewald KÖNIG

Editor-in-Chief,, Berlin

Redakteur, 'Die Presse', Wien Deutschland-Korrespondent der 'Presse' in Bonn und Berlin Vorsitzender, Verein der Ausländischen Presse in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (VAP) Berliner Korrespondentenbüro Chefredakteur Herausgeber und Chefredakteur
seit 2004

Political Symposium

show timetable


13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary