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Friday, September 2
Schlosstheater

15.15
Welcome Jann Jakobs, Lord Mayor of Potsdam
Hartmut Dorgerloh, general director of Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation

Keynote speech:
Günter Verheugen,
Vice-President of the European Commission
Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

17.15
Break-out session Quo vadis, Europe?

Group 1
The crisis in Europe

• Social Europe or liberalising Europe: Rival concepts?
• CAP versus Rebates: can budget wrangles sink the Union?
• Turkey and other membership candidates: will enlargement negotiations continue?
• The Constitution: worth a salvage attempt?
• Common European Foreign Policy: Now even more difficult to find a common voice?
• Europe-America: Allies or Rivals?
• Crisis Hotspots: can Europe and US reconcile risk analysis?

Moderator: Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer AG
Rapporteur: Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Group 2
European Culture - The key to European identity

• Can the arts in Europe survive without public subsidy?
• Is modernism killing Europe’s classical music heritage?
• Can opera retain cultural relevance to the European identity?
• What prospects for transnational media in Europe?
• Immigration and multiculturalism undermining European culture?
• Is US culture to be kept at bay?

Moderator : Frank Schirrmacher, FAZ
Rapporteur: Robert McCrum, The Observer

Group 3
The Media in Europe

• The fortress nation: why has public commitment to the European project faltered ?
• Censure, political and commercial pressures: is press freedom under threat?
• Survival of newspapers: how best to secure revenues?
• Generational change: what does to-day’s youth read?
• Downmarketing in the media: Do TV ratings and circulation numbers matter more than quality?

Moderator: Roger Köppel, Die Welt
Rapporteur: John Lloyd, Financial Times

20.00
Gala Dinner at Neue Kammern/Sanssouci-Castle

Opening Remarks
Matthias Platzeck, Prime minister of the Land Brandenburg and President of the Bundesrat

Award of Sanssouci-Prize:
Dinner Speech by Hubert Burda, CEO Hubert Burda Media and president of Magazine Publishers of Germany

Saturday 3 September

9.30 – 10.45
Opening: Denis MacShane, minister for europe (2002-2005)
Rolf H. Neumann, Rolls Royce

Plenary Session chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy

• Reports from the rapporteurs of groups 1 & 2
• General debate

10.45. – 11.15
Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.30
Plenary Session continues
• Reports from the rapporteurs of groups 3
• Reports from the rapporteurs of M100 Youth Media Workshop
• General Debate
• Concluding remarks by Chairman

12.45
Lunch
Conclusion by Lord Weidenfeld


 
   
 
 

Group 1
The crisis in Europe
Group 2
European Culture -
The key to European identity
Group 3
The Media in Europe