The International WDR Europaforum is a one-day conference of high-ranking European politicians on the future of Europe. Ever since its foundation the forum has been one of the most renowned events dedicated to contemplating the status of the European process of unification, and its prospects for development. Broadcast on radio, TV, and on the internet, the talks and discussions provide a wide audience with an opportunity to participate live in this controversial European debate. An intensive consideration of the process of European integration is part of the programmatic mission of public broadcasters. Today, the WDR Europaforum is one of the most important international conferences in Europe. The forum supports the development of pluralist and open democracies in Europe.
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) hosts the International WDR Europaforum annually – together with the European Commission, the European Parliament, and other European partners. The topics of the European debate on the future have already been discussed – in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt/Oder, Cologne, Ljubljana, Strasbourg, Warsaw and Vienna.
The WDR Europaforum is organised and staged by the WDR programme department for politics and current affairs, and the CIVIS Media Foundation in Cologne. The Head of WDR Europaforum is Michael Radix, chief editorial office WDR television.
The media partners of the WDR Europaforum include ARD/Das Erste, WDR radio and television, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Deutsche Welle, the ARD/ZDF events and documentary channel PHOENIX, the German Federal Foreign Office, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF III Television) and others.