Berlin Conference 2014 - Programme


Last update: 1 March 2014


3 March 2014, from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Allianz Forum Berlin

Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin



08:30 a.m.     


Doors open

09:00 a.m.

Welcoming addresses

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger

Global Head Public Policy & Economic Research, Allianz SE


Rariţa Zbranca

Member of the A Soul for Europe Strategy Group

09:15 a.m.

Opening speech

José Manuel Barroso

President of the European Commission

09:30 a.m.


György Konrád


09:40 – 01:15 p.m.  

Artists and Intellectuals debate with European political leaders

9:40 a.m. 

Debate hosted and moderated by Kathrin Deventer and Farid Tabarki

Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party) with Fruzsina Szép and Wim Wenders

10:25 a.m.

Coffee break

10:45 a.m. 

Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists) with Klaus Staeck and Alicja Gescinska

11:30 a.m.  Rebecca Harms (The Greens/European Free Alliance) with Noémi Kiss and Jacques Lévy
12:15 p.m.  Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats For Europe) with Vladimir Arsenijević and Pilar Velasco

01:00 p.m.

Lunch break

02:15 – 05:30 p.m.

1914 – 2014 Consequences for the 21st century

02:15 p.m.

Welcoming address

Michael M. Thoss

Director, Allianz Kulturstiftung

02:30 p.m.


Michael Roth

Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office

02:50 p.m.

Introductions to round table discussion

Yuriy Vulkovsky

Member of the ASfE Strategy Group


Hannes Swoboda

S&D Group President in the European Parliament

03:15 p.m.  

Round table discussion

Round table discussion moderated by Nele Hertling and Benedict Schofield


10 years Berlin Conference – A Soul for Europe and the partnership with the European Parliament and Allianz Kulturstiftung: The new Berlin Conference

Culture as a driving force behind European integration

Politics as a partner for civil society

Creating Europe from the bottom up


Ioana Andreescu (Alumna Allianz Kulturstiftung), Steve Austen (ASfE Strategy Group), Maria Badia i Cutchet (MEP, S&D Group), Airan Berg (Lecce 2019), Nicolas Bertrand (ASfE Strategy Group), Emil Boc (Mayor of Cluj / Romania), Erhard Busek (Southeast European Cooperative Initiative), Hugo De Greef (ASfE Strategy Group), Paul Dujardin (BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels), Johannes Ebert (Goethe Institut), Malina Edreva (Sofia City Council), Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven (Federal Foreign Office), Steve Green (Selection Panel “European Capital of Culture”), Volker Hassemer (ASfE), Hannu Hyttinen (Finland 100), Wolfgang Ischinger (Allianz SE), Valentin Kreilinger (Alumnus Allianz Kulturstiftung), Rüdiger Kruse (German MP, CDU), Jo Leinen (MEP, S&D Group), Morten Løkkegaard (MEP, ALDE Group), Beral Madra (Curator and art critic), Doris Pack (MEP, EPP Group), Aiva Rozenberga (Riga 2014), Mikhail Shvydkoy (Special Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation), Hannes Swoboda (MEP, S&D Group President), Michael Thoss (Allianz Kulturstiftung), Yuriy Vulkovsky (ASfE Strategy Group), Andre Wilkens (Stiftung Mercator)



5.30 p.m.

Conclusion and Outlook
Doris Pack

Member of new EP “Steering Committee”

Kathrin Deventer

Member of the A Soul for Europe Strategy Group


06.00 – 07:00 p.m.

Closing Reception