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23rd International WDR Europaforum 2021


A difficult present is obscuring our view of a European future. The goals and principles of the European Union require a commitment that is constantly reaffirmed.

10.15 Welcome

Tom Buhrow | Director-General of Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Dr. Jörg Wojahn | Head of European Commission Representation in Germany

10.30 Keynote address

The pandemic as litmus test
The EU Commission as geopolitical player: ambition and reality in times of Corona
Dr. Ursula von der Leyen | President of the European Commission
Interview: Markus Preiß, ARD Europe Studio

11.15 Discussion

In search of an equal footing.
The European Union in a changing international power game

Sudha David-Wilp | Deputy Director Berlin Office, German Marshall Fund
Stefan Kornelius | Head Editor Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
Dr. Hannah Neumann | Vice-Chair Subcommittee on Human Rights, European Parliament
(MEP B‘90 / Die Grünen)

Michael Roth | Minister of State Foreign Office, Berlin (MP/SPD)
Moderation: Dr. Joachim Görgen, Head of Trimedia News SWR

12.10 Discussion

Crisis, nothing but crisis?
Shaping one and a half decades of European policy in turbulent times
Dr. Angela Merkel | Federal Chancellor Germany (MP / CDU)
Moderation: Andreas Cichowicz, Editor-in-Chief Norddeutscher Rundfunk & Tina Hassel, ARD Capital Studio

12.45 Break

13.05 Discussion

Progressive erosion or new sense of togetherness?
On Europe’s self-empowerment as seen by the Bundestag parties in election year 2021

Dr. Katarina Barley | Vice-President European Parliament (MEP / SPD)
Nikola Beer | Vice-President European Parliament (MEP / FDP)
Daniel Caspary | Chairman CDU/CSU Group European Parliament (MEP / CDU)Sven Giegold | Spokesperson German Greens Group, European Parliament (MEP / B‘90 / Die Grünen)
Jörg Meuthen | Vice-Chair Identity and Democracy Group, European Parliament (MEP / AfD)
Martin Schirdewan | Co-Chair Left Group European Parliament (MEP/Die Linke)
Moderation: Golineh Atai, Editor WDR Television

14.00 Discussion

Business as usual? Radical change? Muddle through the middle?
Gemany’s three candidates for chancellor and their European policy ideas
Annalena Baerbock | Federal Chairperson Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, MP and candidate for chancellor B‘90 / Die Grünen
Armin Laschet | Prime Minister NRW, Federal Chairperson CDU and candidate for chancellor CDU / CSU
Olaf Scholz | Federal Minister of Finance, Vice-Chancellor and candidate for chancellor SPD
Moderation: Moderation: Ellen Ehni, Editor-in-Chief WDR Television

15.15 Discussion

Europe, our house?
Answers to questions from young people about their future in the EU community of nations
David Maria Sassoli | President European Parliament
Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble | President German Bundestag
Moderation: Fritz Frey, Editor-in-Chief Südwestrundfunk & Isabel Schayani, Head of WDRforyou, Moderator „Weltspiegel“

16.00 End

Studio expert
Prof. Dr. Daniela Schwarzer | Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, Open Society Foundations

Sabine Scholt | Head of WDR Programme Group Current Affairs, Europe and Abroad

Concept | Realisation
Ferdos Forudastan | Head of WDR Europaforum, Chief editorial office WDR Television
Heribert Roth | Editor WDR Programme Group Current Affairs, Europe and Abroad