Selected projects of the State Offices

Europe as a model for the future: Hamburg and the economic consequences of BREXIT

According to the theme "Future Model Europe", numerous experts from politics and business discussed current topics of European politics in the first half of the year. BREXIT played a major role in this discussion. On March 29, 2019, the consequences for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg were discussed in Hamburg. After all, Great Britain is an important economic partner for Hamburg's economy: 1,000 Hamburg companies maintain business relations with Great Britain. Around 70 British companies have their headquarters in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

In addition, around 4,000 British people living in Hamburg are affected by the brexite. The city was and is hardly prepared for this.

30 years fall of the wall - Schwerin

These were dramatic weeks in the summer of 1989, when tens of thousands of GDR citizens fled to the West via Hungary. What happend next is unique in German history and still causes goosebumps today. Demonstrations first in Leipzig, later in Schwerin and other eastern cities. Organised in the churches of the GDR, by civil rights activists and courageous people longing for freedom.

When the then Foreign Minister of the FRG, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, announces the departure of the 4,000 refugees on the balcony of the Prague Embassy on the evening of September 30, the cheers are boundless.

Together with many contemporary witnesses, Dr. Irmgard Schwaetzer, Dr. Sabine Bergmann Pohl, Prof. Dr. Klaus Schroeder, Pastor Uwe Holmer, Wolfgang Templin, Hans Kreher and members of the Schwerin New Forum discussed the time of change and its consequences. Michael Seidel, editor-in-chief of the Schweriner Volkszeitung, moderated the event.

Art and freedom Scholarship holders' concert on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Exactly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which for 28 years symbolized the painful division of our capital, our country and our continent, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom commemorated the courageous citizens who brought about the turnaround in 1989 and celebrated this historic anniversary with a concert at the Gendarmenmarkt in the heart of our reunified capital.

In this context, scholarship holders of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom presented important pieces by classical musicians, including those of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Johann Strauss, Barbara Heller and others. All these artists fought for the value of freedom on various occasions and against different historical backgrounds

Jazz and freedom - discussion and concert with Billy Cobham and the Crosswinds Project

Billy Cobham, an icon of jazz rock and fusion who has already recorded albums with Miles Davis and Roberta Flack, came to Potsdam on March 11. We talked to him about the influence that skin colour has had on his life and music over the past 50 years. What about racism and discrimination in the USA today? And can music succeed in tearing down the wall in people's minds?

After the discussion, the guests experienced one of the few German concerts of Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project in the Waschhaus Potsdam.

Freedom at any price - A childhood and youth in the GDR various dates in schools and evening events in Lower Saxony

"It wasn't all bad in the GDR," say some. "The GDR was just as bad as the Nazi era," say others. What was it really like, this GDR? After all, it existed for four decades, much longer than the Nazi dictatorship.

The aim was to put the image of the GDR in a realistic

In an entertaining way, Manfred Casper, as a contemporary witness, told of his life in the GDR, of wonderful memories and experiences, as well as of his development into a young person critical of the system, who ultimately wanted to leave the GDR and was imprisoned at the age of 18 after his failed escape from the republic. All the stories were documented with excerpts from an extensive Stasi file.

Thomas Dehler Award 2019

The human rights lawyer Veysel Ok, who became known above all as the lawyer of the WELT correspondent Deniz Yücel, was honoured. With this award, the Thomas-Dehler-Foundation paid tribute to the intrepid fighter for freedom of the press and human rights, in keeping with the foundation's eponym.

Nuremberg Security Conference

According to the topic Networked Security in Mali, experts from the fields of diplomacy, development cooperation, humanitarian aid, and military and police security forces discussed the coordination of foreign, security and development policy in peace operations. The keynote address on the eve of the conference was given by Markus Kaim (SWP) on threat scenarios of the future and new and old security policy challenges.

Black Bus Tour

The black bus tour took place in the north of Saxony-Anhalt together with the Taxpayers' Association. Chairman of the Taxpayers' Association, Ralf Seibecke and Dr. Marcus Faber MdB accompanied the tour and explained the background both on the bus and at the exit points. The participants made ample use of the opportunity for questions and discussion.


Zukunftsmodell Europa: Hamburg und die wirtschaftlichenFolgen des BREXIT


30 Jahre Mauerfall - Schwerin

Bosnien und Herzegowina

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