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19: Overcoming the Credibility Gap

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
in deutscher Sprache

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

1964-1970 Student, Political Science, History, Communications in Mainz, Munich (LMU) and Berlin (FU)
1970 Doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) in Political Science, History, Communications, University of Mainz
1970-1977 University assistant to Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann
1977 Postdoctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in Communications (Publizistikwissenschaft), University of Mainz
1978-1982 Heisenberg Scholarship
1982-2011 University Professor (Chair) in Communications Research (Publizistikwissenschaft), University of Mainz
 Guest professor, visiting Professor, fellow:
1980 University of California Berkeley
University of Munich (LMU)
1980-1982 University of Tunis
1982 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
1990 University of Zurich
2000-2002, 2011 University of Lugano
2005 Harvard University
2007-2008 University of Luzern
 Service to the Community
1982-1984 President, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
1983-2008 Director, Department of Communications, University of Mainz
1987-1993 Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Mainz
1997-1999 Member of the Senate, University of Mainz

Mag.a Tamara ANTHONY

TV Correspondent, ARD, Berlin

 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
2004-2005 NDR-Volontariat
2006-2013 Autorin und Redakteurin in der Redaktion des ARD-Politikmagazins PANORAMA
seit 2014 Fernsehkorrespondentin im ARD-Hauptstadtstudio

Nicolaus HEINEN

Head of Global Intelligence Services, Linde AG, Munich

2010-2015 Lecturer, Economic Policy, University of Cologne
2008-2015 Economist, European Economic Policy, Deutsche Bank
 Since 2015 Head of Global Intelligence Services, Linde AG


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

1997-1998 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
1988-1997 A-levels (Abitur), Evangelisches Gymnasium, Siegen, Overall Result: 1,9
1998-2003 Master of Arts in Political Science, Public Law and Sociology, Bonn University Master s thesis:  Between realistic interests and moral obligation: German Foreign Policy
2001-2001 Student Assistant, Center for European Integration Studies (Assistant to Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt), Bonn University
2002-2002 Erasmus exchange semester at Venice International University (VIU) and Università Ca Foscari, Venice, Italy
2007-2007 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
2003-2008 Research Assistant and Lecturer, Chair of political science and contemporary history (Prof. Dr. Christian Hacke), Bonn University
2003-2009 PhD in Political Science, Bonn University, Doctoral thesis:  John H. Herz  An Intellectual Biography , Overall result: Summa Cum Laude
2008-2010 Research Assistant and Lecturer, Program for North American studies (Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke), Bonn University
2010 Lecturer, Department of International Relations (Prof. Dr. Beate Neuss), Chemnitz Technical University
2010-2011 Program Officer, Future Forum Berlin, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Associate, Project team:  Strategic Thinking , Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Berlin
2011-2012 Advisor on disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation at the German Bundestag, Office of Roderich Kiesewetter, Member of the German Bundestag, German Bundestag, Berlin
2013-2014 Acting Head of Program, Future Forum Berlin
2013-2015 Program Officer, Future Forum Berlin, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
since 2015 Head of Program, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)


Editor-in-Chief,, Berlin

1977-1985 Redakteur, 'Die Presse', Wien
1985-2003 Deutschland-Korrespondent der 'Presse' in Bonn und Berlin
1990-1995 Vorsitzender, Verein der Ausländischen Presse in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (VAP)
seit 2004 Berliner Korrespondentenbüro
2009-2014 Chefredakteur
2011-2014 Herausgeber und Chefredakteur
seit 2014 Chefredakteur

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