A big thank you to the Federal Foreign Office and the ZEIT Foundation for supporting this year's M100 Young European Journalists Workshop!

The workshop provides 15 young journalists from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia the opportunity to get introduced to various financing options for journalism, which will be considered together on the basis of concrete examples. This also includes analysing which models work in the specific conditions of individual countries, and which do not.
Application deadline is 12 June! Please find here the application call.

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15 May 2017. At the board meeting of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium on 12 May, Dr. Christian Rainer, editor-in-chief of the weekly polit magazine "Profil", Sabine Schicketanz, editor-in-chief of "Potsdamer Neuesten Nachrichten", and Dr. Sylke Tempel, editor-in-chief of the magazin "International Policy", were appointed to the board and officially welcomed by Jann Jakobs, Chairman of the M100 board. We are very pleased about their support!

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3 May, 2017. Today is the World Press Freedom Day. It acts as a reminder of the importance of a free press in a functioning and safe society and serves to commemorate the journalists who have lost their lives in support of free press.

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Titled "How to finance independent journalism – education, platforms, business models”, the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) is inviting 15 Eastern Partnership and Russian journalists between the ages of 18 and 27 to Potsdam and Berlin, Germany, from 8 to 14 September. The workshop is supported by the Federal Foreign Office and the ZEIT-Stiftung. Please find the application call here.

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Angus, Bjerager, Brennan, Brinkbäumer, Casdorff, Diekmann, Dündar, Föderl-Schmid, Gösmann ... the preparations of this year's M100 Sanssouci Colloquium are in full swing and we are pleased to announce the first confirmed participants!

Here we go:
Jamie Angus (Editorial Director BBC Global News, London), Angelos Athanasopoulos (Senior Foreign and EU affairs Editor To Vima, Athens), Erik Bjerager (Editor-in-Chief Kristeligt Dagblad, Copenhagen), Prof. Jason Brennan (Professor for Strategy, Economy, Ethics, Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington), Klaus Brinkbäumer (Editor-in-Chief Der Spiegel, Hamburg), Kai Diekmann (former Publisher BILD, Berlin), Can Dündar (Editor-in-Chief Özgürüz, Berlin), Dr. Tobias Endler (Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg), Dr. Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Editor-in-Chief Der Standard, Vienna), Sven Gösmann (Editor-in-Chief dpa, Berlin), Lauri Hussar (Editor-in-Chief Postimees, Tallinn), Xenia Kounalaki (Head of Foreign Desk, Kathimerini daily, Athens), Mark Leonard (Director ECFR, London), Peter Limbourg (Director Deutsche Welle, Cologne/Berlin), Yannis Mastrogeorgiou (Director DIKTIO, Athens), Sebastian Matthes (Editor-in-Chief Huffington Post Germany, Munich), Wenzel Michalski (Germany Director Human Rights Watch, Berlin), Sonia Mikich (Editor-in-Chief WDR, Cologne), Mathias Müller von Blumencron (Editor-in-Chief FAZ.net, Frankfurt), Arkady Ostrovsky (Russia and Eastern Europe correspondent The Economist, London), Stephan Scherzer (Managing Director Association of German Magazine Publishers, Berlin), Harun Simavi (Founder Diken, Istanbul), Daniel Smilov (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia), Maria Stepanova (Editor-in-Chief Colta.ru, Moscow), Eduardo Suarez (Founder Politibot, Madrid), Sergij Sydorenko (Editor-in-Chief European Pravda, Kiev), Vazha Tavberidze (Editor-in-Chief Georgian Journal, Tblisi), Maxim Trudolyubov (Editor-at-Large Vedomosti, Moscow), Dr. George Tzogopoulos (Founder Chinanadgreece.com, Athens), Ursula Weidenfeld (Economical Journalist, Berlin), and Dr. Uwe Vorkötter (Editor-in-Chief HORIZONT Group, Frankfurt).

Check the picture gallery here.

 

DEMOCRACY OR DESPOTISM?
The Renaissance of Dark Powers

Thursday, 14 September 2017, Sanssouci Orangery, Potsdam/Germany

“Before, the question as to whether the West will survive would have invited accusations of hyperbole and alarmism,” Republican politician John McCain remarked at the Munich Security Conference: suddenly, he said, it had become the key question of the 21st century, “with a deadly seriousness.” Western cohesion is only possible if it is based on shared values.

Sixty years after the foundations were laid for the Europe that we know today with the Rome Treaties, the search for these common values is proving difficult, however, given the current political situation. As early as 2003, sociologist Zygmunt Baumann, who died in January, described over-emphasis on the market, unfiltered communication and a lack of common ground as the dark sides of postmodern society. There is little to be found of cohesion and common values in Europe today, with growing populism, anti-Europeanism, nationalism, autocratism and racism on the rise. Great Britain is on the brink of Brexit, a Greek “Grexit” might still be a possibility, and if Marine Le Pen becomes the French President, an immanent “Frexit” would destroy Europe’s foundations completely. (continue)

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Nearly 70 participants from 20 countries, in addition the same numbers of young journalists, guests and reporting journalists, took part at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium which invited leading media- and opinion-makers, historians and political organisation representatives to discussions at the Orangery Palace in Sanssouci, Potsdam for the 12th time. After the election of Donald Trump as US president and the  upcoming elections in Austria, France, the Netherlands and then in Germany end of September the results of the discussions at M100 are up to date as never.
Please find the detailed summary of the 'conference unique to Europe’ (rbb, 15/9/2016) here.
Another summary, consisting of tweets, quotes, comments and photos you still can find for a while here.

Attention! Belarus in Focus has published an international competition for journalists writing about Belarus in international media, have a look here:

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The video about this year's M100 Sanssouci Colloquium is online now! With statements of Dr Christian Rainer (Profil), Prof. Dr Ulrike Guérot (European Democracy Lab), Götz Hamann (Die Zeit), Jim Egan (BBC World News), Xenia Kounalaki (Kathimerini), Kai Diekmann (BILD), Dr Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Der Standard), Gabor Steingart (Handelsblatt), Dr George Tzogopoulos (chinaandgreece.com), as well as excerpts of the speeches of Prof. Dr Dan Diner (Hebrew University Jerusalem), Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, Laudatory Giovanni di Lorenzo (Die Zeit), and M100 Media Laureate Roberto Saviano.
Watch the video here.

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video m100 2016

A visual summary of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2016 "WAR OR PEACE, The return of geopolitics, disintegration and the radicalisation of society in Europe" and the M100 Media Award to the italian author Roberto Saviano. Political keynote: Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, laudation: Giovanni di Lorenzo (die Zeit)