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:

 Belarus

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.

The short video clip about this year's M100YEJ workshop on the topic of investigative journalism with 27 very talented young journalists from all over Europe is online now!

The workshop took place in cooperation with OCCRP, ICIJ, Correctiv, Netzwerk Recherche, Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ), and Vereinigung Europäischer Presse, amongst others. It was financed by Auswärtiges Amt and National Endowment for Democracy.

Thanks to all our partners and supporters!

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Italian journalist and writer Roberto Saviano received the M100 Media Award / Chancellor Angela Merkel held the key political speech of the evening

Italian writer and journalist Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah) accepted the M100 Media Award at a festive award ceremony, while the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium came to a successful close at the Orangery Palace in Potsdam this evening.

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The dazzling evening featured a keynote political speech from Chancellor Angela Merkel, who attended the M100 Media Award for the third time.

Speaking to Roberto Saviano, whose life has been threatened by the Mafia since the publication of his book about the Neapolitan Camorra ten years ago, forcing him and his family to live underground under police protection, the Chancellor expressed a clear commitment to press freedom: ‘We have to continue to defend freedom of the press time and again, always bearing in mind how quickly this right can be endangered – even here in Europe. Freedom of the press has a great deal to do with the absence of state interference and censorship, but it is much more than that. It also includes the freedom to uncover abuses and to report on them without fear of reprisal or even personal endangerment.’ She also touched on another commitment in reference to the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium held that afternoon, advocating the need for a strong and united Europe: ‘Just as the M100 Media Award is understood to be a European prize, the colloquium in which the award is being given today focuses on the situation in Europe.’ And further: ‘We must never forget that it is largely thanks to European integration that we no longer live on a continent of war, restricted freedom and antagonism, but what is still a union of peace, freedom, prosperity, stability and good neighbourly relations. The European Union has achieved far more in its history than past generations could have ever imagined. Even with major historical trajectories aside, we benefit daily from European integration in our everyday lives, often without even being conscious of it, including unrestricted travel, our common currency, and diverse personal encounters.’

Giovanni di Lorenzo, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit, gave the speech honouring Roberto Saviano. Di Lorenzo praised the award for distinguishing Saviano’s work: ‘Roberto Saviano depends on support from the same society whose eyes he has repeatedly opened with his work – precisely because some would rather close their eyes again, turn away and know nothing about these things.’ And further: ‘An evening like this helps make Roberto Saviano a little bit safer in his home country. It is a great sign of solidarity – through the presence of all of you and by awarding this prize, the M100 Media Award. “There will be situations,” Roberto once said, “where I will become more vulnerable because fewer people are paying attention to me.” To him, public attention is not just a decorative accessory or flattering gesture. It is a kind of life insurance.’

Roberto Saviano himself thanked the Colloquium for the award and called on European media representatives to have the courage to present complex contexts and situations as they are without abbreviating them. He dedicated his prize to Turkish journalist and author Ahmet Altan and his brother, economics professor Mehmet Altan, who were arrested in Turkey on 10 September.

Addressing this year’s topic ‘War or Peace’, some 70 participants in what is now the 12th edition of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium spent the day at round-table discussions having to do with the return of geopolitical strategies, creeping European disintegration, the increasing radicalisation of Western, Middle Eastern and other societies, as well as the role and responsibility of the media in these developments.

The M100 Sanssouci Colloquium was opened by renowned historian Prof Dr Dan Diner, who teaches modern history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served as director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University from 1999 to 2004. Diner warns of clear, discernable echoes from the past: ‘The current pattern of political-military activity is directed at locations that bear an unsettling resemblance to hotspots of the 19th century. First, to the constellation of the Crimean War from 1853 to 1856’ He continues: ‘If this kind of geopolitically-semantisised conflict constellation were to actually solidify, it would raise pressing questions about the future of the European project in general and the role of Germany in particular.’

Kai Diekmann, editor of the BILD Group, interviewed Can Dündar, former editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet in a special talk addressing the current situation in Turkey. ‘The situation in Turkey resembles a Frankenstein scenario,’ Dündar said. ‘The creature – the Gülen movement – has turned against its creator, Erdogan’. Erdogan, he noted, was the one who gave the Gülen movement strength and momentum through earlier efforts to shore up state institutions with loyalists. ‘This also explains how they know so precisely who belongs to it,’ Dündar explained, referring to the swift arrest of thousands of civil servants in Turkey following the attempted overthrow.

 

Potsdam, 10 September, 2016. The participants of this year's M100YEJ are blogging live from the workshop! At first day Daniel Drepper, Co-founder of the investigative network Correct!v, gave an exciting introduction to investigative journalism with special focus on dentifying and selecting
issues, research, sources an implementation. Powered by Sourcefabric!

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M100 is streaming live!
1 September, 2016. In two weeks from today, leading media professionals and opinion leaders will meet for the 12th time for the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium at the historical Orangery of Sanssouci in Potsdam. Selected parts of the conference, including the Special Talk with Can Dündar and Kai Diekmann, as well as the presentation of the M100 Media Award to Roberto Saviano will be streamed live on Facebook to a broader audience.
Throughout the day, we will provide some impressions of the conference and short interviews with the participants - live on our Facebook page. To find out which sessions will be live streamed, please check 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)