NEWS +++ GA +++ Nominations +++ YKWA Conference 2017 +++ EVENTS

Dear Young Königswinter Alumni,

You are receiving this newsletter as former participant of the Jung Königswinter Conference. We would like to share some news with you from the network.



General Assembly 2016

The YKWA Board would like to inform you about the last general assembly which took place 3rd December 2016 at 3 pm at the office of Pathways Public Health, Neustädtische Kirchstraße 6, 10117 Berlin.

The assembly elected a new Board of Young Königswinter Alumni e.V. which is as follows:

  • Holger Friedrich, Chairman
  • Annegret Kummert, Deputy Chairwoman
  • Hannes Baechle, Treasurer
  • Hendrik Hagemann, Secretary
  • John Suares, Assessor
  • Robert Delille, Assessor

Members of the Board are elected for a period of two years.

The assembly agreed to foster ties with the Deutsch Britische Gesellschaft (DBG)/ German British Society by inviting Lucie Kretschmer to board meetings who has been appointed to Managing Director of the German British Society. With this alliance YKWA wins a strong supporter as Lucie is accompanying YKWA for a long time and already flagged to him a strong intention for further and deeper collaboration.

The Assembly also agreed on deepening collaboration with both organizations DGB and United Europe in order to work closely on better German-British relations according to last summer’s successful event on Brexit.


Please nominate candidates to the Young Königswinter Conference 2017

The 57th Young Königswinter Conference will take place at the Europäische Akademie Berlin from Wednesday June 14th (noon) until Sunday June 18th 2017. The topic will be:

“A world in motion – European, UK, and German perspectives”.

 Europe and the world are currently facing a series of linked challenges. We will discuss these challenges in three working groups:

  1. The United Kingdom and the European Union in a Post-BREXIT Europe
  2. Lasting Economic Stability?
  3. The world in disorder: Being safe vs. feeling safe

We hope to address a wide range of candidates and would appreciate your help in nominating suitable British and German participants for this year’s Young Königswinter Conference.

Potential candidates should be between 25 and 32 years old, have a genuine interest in German-British relations and European affairs, and possess excellent English language skills. You can nominate candidates by sending us their names and a few lines on why you consider them suitable for the conference. Every candidate should then submit the application form, a letter of motivation and a CV. Please send nominations and applications to

 Lucie Kretschmer:

Application deadline is the 7th of April. The application form, a list of the preliminary topics, the preliminary programme of the conference as well as a general information sheet are attached to this email. The application form can also be found on the website, alongside other useful information.


Young Königswinter Alumni Conference

The next Young Königswinter Alumni Conference will take place at St. Peters College from 22 – 24 September 2017. The topic will be:

 New paths ahead – The UK and Germany in a (post-)Brexit world

 A detailed program will be attached to the next Newsletter or send separately.


Next Events

Save the date for debating session on “The necessities of the open society” which will take place as joint initiative between DBG, United Europe and Young Königswinter Alumni e.V. for all Alumni of all parties on 6 July 2017 at 6 pm at Pathways Public Health. Further details will follow soon.



Europa nach dem BREXIT – Was hält uns zusammen?

Podiumsdiskussion im Rahmen der Berliner Stiftungswoche 2017

Donnerstag, 20. April 2017, 18:00 Uhr, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Einstein-Saal (5. OG), Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

Spätestens seit der BREXIT-Entscheidung zeigt sich, dass die sicher geglaubte europäische Einheit bröckelt. Nicht nur der europäische, auch der innergesellschaftliche Zusammenhalt scheint zunehmend in Gefahr. Neue Nationalismen und populistische Bewegungen spalten die Gesellschaften Europas. Wie kann der zunehmenden Polarisierung entgegengewirkt werden? Was kann Grundlage eines gemeinsamen Europas sein?

Es diskutieren:

Dr. Petra Bahr Regionalbischöfin, Hannover
Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude Professor für Makrosoziologie, Universität Kassel
Kate Connolly Berlin-Korrespondentin, The Guardian


John Suares: A Report from Königswinter 2017

Dienstag, 2. Mai 2017, Centre Monbijou, Oranienburger Straße 13/14, 10178 Berlin

A month after the 2017 Königswinter Conference we hear from the rapporteur. What did this year’s participants think the future of the EU was after Brexit and the US elections? Could our respective economies and societies be rebalanced to meet the challenges to established politics? And how could our security priorities be met amid growing anxiety?

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