Save the Date: 14 September 2023

26 March 2023. Date and venue for 2023 are set: the 19th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium will take place on Thursday 14 September at the Orangerie Sanssouci in Potsdam under the title “Between Ambition and Disarray –  The Future of Democracy”.
This year we are again inviting around 80 experts from the media, academia and politics from many parts of Europe and beyond to discuss reasons for the strengths and weaknesses of democracy and the influence of the media in various Strategic Working Groups. The conference will end with the presentation of the M100 Media Award.
The week before, 20 to 25 young journalists from all over Europe will discuss at the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop how to report on climate change – and what this means for democracy.
Details will follow shortly.

Manifesto for “peace”, but without Ukraine. Fact-Checking of Russian lies in Europe

21 March 2023. Viktor Sholudko, Alina Tropynina and Kyrylo Perevoshchykov fact-checked the so-called “Manifesto for Peace” by Alice Schwarzer and Sarah Wagenknecht for the Ukrainian organisation VoxUkraine and allowed us to publish the text on the M100 website. You can find the original version here.

On February 10, the “Manifesto for Peace” petition appeared on the platform, it has already been signed by more than 748,000 people. The authors of the appeal are Germans Alice Schwarzer and Sahra Wagenknecht. And although the vote does not reflect German public opinion – a citizen of any country can support the petition – it is another reminder that Russian “peace” is loved not only in Moscow, but also in some European cities.

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How Germany got Vladimir Putin so wrong

18 March 2023. Prof. Dr Wolfgang Ischinger joined the advisory board of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium at the beginning of the year. On the sidelines of this year’s Munich Security Conference, Georgian journalist Vazha Tavberidze, who has participated in the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium several times, spoke with him for the Georgian service of Radio Free Europe (RFL/RL) about the development of Germany’s Russia policy and why Berlin got Vladimir Putin so wrong (interview in the original).

RFE/RL: Let’s start with a historical retrospective and this seminal speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2007 at the Munich Security Conference. Many now view the speech as a de facto reopening of the Cold War. Do you believe that? And, if yes, why was it not seen like that back then?

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