Around 100 media representatives from over 20 countries came together at the second M100 Sanssouci Colloquium with the theme “The Media in Times of International Crises” on 8th and 9th September 2006 in Potsdam. Its goal is to make a contribution towards the further opening of the national European public to one another. As an event the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium is in its way unique and provides a forum for European dialogue. The plenary sessions took place in the newly built Hans Otto theatre a few days before its official opening. The workshops took place in Schloss Glienicke (the Glienicke palace). This year the M100 Sanssouci Media Award was presented in the Raffael Hall of the Orangery of the Park Sanssouci.
The Colloquium was opened by Matthias Platzeck, the Prime Minister of Brandenburg, who referred in his speech to the significance of the media as mediator in a world of confusion, threats and challenges. The French philosopher and middle-east expert Bernard-Henri Lévy in his key note placed emphasis on the “hysterical, historical and ideological” accusations the press has to face up to. The editor-in-chief of Die Welt newspaper, Roger Köppel, pleaded for an independent and free journalism . The workshops “The Clash of Cultures“, “The rise of the internet: towards a global free market for business and media“ and “National media facing international challenges“ were moderated by Die Zeit newspaper publisher Dr. Josef Joffe, Stefan Baron, editor-in chief of Die WirtschaftsWoche and Dr. Frank Schirrmacher, publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The results of the workshop discussions were presented in the plenary session by Melanie Philipps (Daily Mail), Robert Fox (Evening Standard) und John Lloyd (Financial Times Weekend).