Potsdam, 27 June, 2016. “War or Peace” is the title of this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, which will welcome chief and senior editors, publicists, politicians and historians from all over Europe to Potsdam (Germany) for the 12th time on 15 September. Some 60 participants will gather in the Orangery of Sanssouci to discuss the return of geopolitical strategies, a Europe sliding into disintegration, the growing radicalisation of Western, Middle Eastern and other societies as well as the role and responsibility of the media in these developments.Diner 2

The conference will be opened by renowned historian Prof. Dan Diner Ph.D., currently Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the former Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig from 1999 to 2014.

“The return of patterns of geographical and ingrained political beliefs long thought forgotten is casting a long shadow on the current and future configurations of international politics”, outlines Diner in his keynote address. “These shadows exhibit the unedifying contours of the 19th century. In any case, the contentious fault lines of European politics appear to be fracturing again – especially from the east, but also due to centrifugal forces that seem to have taken over the European Union. Brexit has sent shock waves throughout Europe. Added to this are the new-old ‘Eastern Question’, a Russia in search of itself as well as the role of Germany in a Europe roiled by turmoil – all against a backdrop of America’s creeping retreat from the Old Continent. These are scenarios that invite long-term oriented contemplation.”

You can download a photo of Prof. Dan Diner Ph.D. free of charge here: http://m100potsdam.de/en/press.html

Potsdam, 14 June, 2016. We are very looking forward to this year's M100 Young European Journalists Workshop under the topic “Investigative Journalism – Purposes, Techniques, and specific Challenges” from September 10 to 15 in Potsdam!

A big thank you to the Federal Foreign Ministry and the National Endowment for Democracy for their financial support.

Also we thank our co-operation partners Correct!v, Netzwerk Recherche, the ICIJ and the OCCRP as well as the Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg MIZ, Vereinigung Europäischer Journalisten VEJ (Association of European Journalists), and the European Youth Press.

Further collaboration partners are the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Belarus Association of Journalists, Association of Young Journalists in Armenia, Hetq - Association of Investigative Journalists, Young Journalist Center in Moldova, Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and Radio Free Liberty RFL/RL.

Please find more information here.

The preparations for this year's M100 Sanssouci Colloquium are already in full swing!

Under the topic "War or Peace", some 60 leading media and opinion makers from around Europe will meet to discuss about the return of geopolitics, disintegration, the radicalisation of society, and the role of the media on 15 September 2016 in the Orangery of Sanssouci in Potsdam.

The following participants have confirmed so far: Agron Bajrami (Editor-in-Chief, Koha Ditore, Prishtina), Klaus Brinkbäumer (Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel, Hamburg), Stephan-Andreas Casdorff (Editor-in-Chief, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin), Ulrich Deppendorf (former Heard of ARD Capital Studio, Berlin), Kai Diekmann (Publisher, BILD Group, Berlin), Jim Egan (CEO, BBC Global News, London), Dr. Tobias Endler (Ph.D. & Research Coordinator, Heidelberg Center for American Studies), Regina von Flemming (Member of the Board, German Chambers of Commerce Abroad, AHK, Moscow), Dr. Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard, Vienna), Prof. Dr. Ulrike Guérot (Founder and Director, European Democracy Lab, Berlin), Tanit Koch (Editor-in-Chief, BILD, Berlin), Stefan Kornelius (Head of Foreign Desk, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich), Emin Milli (Director, Meydan TV), Dr. Christian Rainer (Editor-in-Chief, Profil, Vienna), Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy (Editor-in-Chief, Belsat TV, Warszawa), Anita Rozentale (Editor-in-Chief, Bauskas Dzive, Bauska, Latvia), Gabor Steingart (Publisher, Handelsblatt, Dusseldorf), Dr. Sylke Tempel (Editor-in-Chief, International Politicy, Berlin Policy Journal, Berlin), and Dr. Uwe Vorkötter (Editor-in-Chief, Horizont Group, Frankfurt/Main), amongst others. Please find the complete participant list here.

Apply for the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop from September 10 to 15 in Potsdam, Germany!

Topic: Investigative Journalism – Purposes, Techniques, and specific Challenges.

Application deadline is June 12, 2016.

For details about issue and conditions of participation please click here.


The return of geopolitics, disintegration and the radicalisation of society

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Buffeted by the euro crisis and a flood of refugees, the closing of internal borders and the conflict in Ukraine, national self-interests and the resurgence of right-wing parties, the European Union is facing its most existential crisis yet after almost 60 years since the Treaty of Rome.

Will Europe fail? What consequences can we expect from the reappearance of nationalism and a shift to the right in many Member States? How do things stand between aspirations and reality in the European community of values? And how can Europe revive its democratic forces to once again meet these latest challenges? What role does the media play in today’s information wars, and how much responsibility should they shoulder?

Against this backdrop, some 60 leading media and opinion makers from around Europe will meet to discuss these issues on 15 September 2016 at the 12th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium in the Orangery of Sanssouci in Potsdam. The aim of the Colloquium is to initiate a constructive, cross-sector dialogue between representatives from politics, academia, the media and relevant companies and institutions about the prospects of a free and democratic Europe caught between the threat of terror, shifts to the right, renationalisation, streams of refugees, surveillance mania and a loss of political control.

Please read the entire concept here.

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More information coming soon!

Potsdam, 21.01.2016. Lord Weidenfeld, who co-founded the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium in 2004 and has served as co-chairman of the board since, passed away Wednesday at the age of 96. Last year, he attended the colloquium a few days after his 96th birthday, and gave the evening’s dinner speech (find the address here).
With his family and his friends, we mourn the loss of a great European and world citizen. His death leaves behind a gap that cannot be closed.

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16.11.2015. After the terror attacks in Paris, the acceptance speech of Gérard Biard, editor-in-chief of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, held on September 17, 2015 at the M100 Media Award 2015 in Potsdam, is more actual than ever. Due to this reason we are publishing the video of the speech (which is hold in French) in full-lenght here.

Please find the english translation in text form here:

The 11. edition of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquiums has offered again exciting inputs, intensive discussions, and a stimulating atmosphere in an exceptionally beautiful location. Against the background of the 70th anniversary of the Potsdam Agreement, more than 50 international representatives from the media, policy, and academic communities discussed in three sessions prospects for a free, democratic Europe in an increasingly chaotic world order (please find the summary of the confernce here). The presentation of the M100 Media Award to Charlie Hebdo, which took place under highest security measures, was touching, passionate and shone with high noticed speeches of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the writer and defense laywer Ferdinand von Schirach, and Gérard Biard, the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo (please find all speeches of the M100 Colloquium and the M100 Media Award Ceremony here).

The German media have reported more than 1.000 times this year about the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium (incl. the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop): 642 x print, 257 x online, 69 x news agencies, 46 x radio, and 12 x tv. Additionally the event was covered by media in Austria, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Brasilia, amongst others.

A galery of the best photos of the day, the evening and the night you can find here:

We thank our supporters, sponsors and partners and look forward to the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2016!

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The conference in the Orangery of Sanssouci.

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Lord Mayor of Potsdam Jann Jakobs, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Gérard Biard.

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Jann Jakobs, Gérard Biard, Ferdinand von Schirach.


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The danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who received the ‪M100 Media Award‬ in 2010 in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Joachim Gauck, sent greetings to the guests of the ‪M100 Sanssouci Colloquium‬ and to his colleagues from ‪‎Charlie Hebdo‬ by distributing 200 copies of his drawing "Freedom of Speech". He has supported Charlie Hebdo with the selling of the drawing right after the terror attack and collected more than 15.000 Euro. On Thursday, his galerist Erik Guldager together with his wife Vibeke came on Westergaards behalf to Potsdam. Gérard Biard signed the original illustration.


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