Special Evening Event| 13 June 2018, 18.30h | Kalkscheune Berlin

A new beginning for Europe? German peace policy between national guidelines and European reform processes

The recently signed coalition-agreement between Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) calls for "a new beginning for Europe". But what does that mean for Germany's global responsibility and the implementation of the new interministerial guidelines “preventing crisis, managing conflicts and promoting peace"? Is the European dimension gaining importance for German Peace Policy? What does the “Peace Power” Europe precisely mean in the context of violent conflicts becoming more numerous and complex? How can the new German Government contribute to make peacebuilding and crisis prevention a European priority? What has Germany to offer and where does it have to catch up? What do international partners expect of peace policy initiatives from Germany?

Welcome and introduction

Dr. Jörn Grävingholt, Co-Chair, German Advisory Council on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding


  • Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Foreign Office

Panel discussion with

  • Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Foreign Office
  • Dr. Franziska Brantner, European policy spokeswoman for the Parliamentary Group of the Greens 
  • Dr. Martina Fischer, Brot für die Welt
  • Dr. Thomas Helfen, Head of Division 323: Peace and Security; Disaster Risk Management, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Helga Schmid, Secretary General of the European External Action Service (tbc)


  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Schröder, Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy and professor of political science at the University of Hamburg

Special Evening Event in cooperation with the German Advisory Council on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding and the German Foundation for Peace Research