The WDR Europaforum will be held at the Federal Foreign Office on 8 May. This will be the seventeenth time the broadcasting station Westdeutscher Rundfunk has invited high‑level politicians from across Europe for a day of controversial debate. In the run‑up to the European elections on 25 May, questions relating to the future shaping of the European integration process and current challenges facing Europe will be of particular relevance.
In the morning, Foreign Minister Steinmeier will be debating Germany’s role in global politics with Andreas Cichowicz (NDR) and Ulrich Deppendorf (ARD Berlin studio) under the heading “European policy – crisis policy”.
Guests will be welcomed to the Europaforum by WDR Director General Tom Buhrow and Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth.
Further participants in the WDR Europaforum will include: Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Federal Finance Minister Schäuble, EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger and Members of the German Bundestag from various parties.
In the evening, following the WDR Europaforum, the Civis Media Prize 2014, Europe’s media prize for integration, will be awarded at the Federal Foreign Office. Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, will be presenting one of the prizes.