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International Media Conference 2018

The main topic in the International Media Conference was the prevention of fake news. Is it fair to make a platform all on its own responsable for fake content?
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Exclusive interview with James Baker

"Two countries, one community of values"

Former US Secretary of State, James Baker, sees the relationship between the United States and Germany as "still strong".
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Peaceful Revolution

Myths and Reality about the GDR

The year 2014 marks the twenty fifth anniversary of the peaceful revolution in the GDR in 1989.
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KAS E-Lection Bridge

"Data-mining is becoming increasingly more important"

Ralf Güldenzopf has organized and conducted Germany’s first tele-townhall. Reason enough for the KAS E-lection Bridge Africa to invite him to an interview.
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New Chairman

Hans-Gert Poettering New Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

The members of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung have elected the former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, as new chairman of the Stiftung.
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Day of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

"Fundamental values define our foreign interests"

Federal Chancellor Merkel has declared that fundamental values and human rights define Germany's foreign interests.
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Welcome

Civic education was indispensable in building a liberal democracy in the Federal Republic after 1945 and in reunited Germany after 1989. While there was an immediate link to the experience of totalitarian rule in the early days, civic education today is confronted by new challenges: Freedom and peace are taken for granted, and people fortunately have no experience of life without them.

At the same time, public approval of the foundations of our political and economic order is dwindling, the established political parties are losing their attraction, and political extremism is on the rise. This being so, it is all the more important – and all the more difficult – to get the message across that our democratic order cannot work without civic involvement. 'Democracies need democrats' – this is the perennial precept of civic education.

Addressing the destruction of the Weimar Republic by the combined efforts of extremists from the Right and Left as well as analyzing the crimes of National Socialism and the experience of communist dictatorship in the GDR will always remain core elements in civic education and its efforts to promote liberal democracy.

Rather than take the foundations of our democratic order for granted, civic education must promote them again and again. Endorsing this point, the 2013 agreement between the coalition partners CDU, CSU, and SPD states: ”Nevertheless, each generation needs civic education and governmental support for the active involvement of people in societal life. We will strengthen civic education for this reason”.

It is a valid concept that civic education at school should be supplemented by extramural offers, and that the state, implementing the principle of subsidiarity, should rely on a plurality of programs offered by private providers.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung forms an important part of the vivacious and plural scene of agencies providing civic education in Germany.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung considers civic education a vital part of its core business. This holds true both at home and abroad, with the proviso that we need to strengthen and improve transnational and international networking in this field.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung aims to empower citizens to promote our liberal democracy and to assume an active role in politics and society. Towards this end, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provides background knowledge in politics and economics and promotes the emergence of active citizens in our democracy. But civic education is more than teaching knowledge about formal institutions and procedures or providing a forum for current debates: It also instills the values underlying our democratic order.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung shares this general mission to support democracy with many other providers of civic education. However, the important difference is the 'Christian Democratic basis' of its work as its statutes put it.

For this reason, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung addresses questions not only about how, but also about what and why things are happening in democracy and politics. More than just distributing facts, it communicates the conditions and objectives of political action based on fundamental values. Acting on the basis of Christian Democratic core values, it distinguishes itself from other providers.

In Germany, 19 civic education offices offer a wide range of conferences, seminars, and workshops which are attended by more than 120,000 citizens every year.

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Events

Dec

2020

"Gemeinsam Europa wieder stark machen"
Zukunft der gemeinsamen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik aus deutscher Sicht

Dec

2020

"Gemeinsam Europa wieder stark machen"
Zukunft der gemeinsamen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik aus deutscher Sicht
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Apr

2020

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Dec

2020

#KASkonkret
Wie stellen wir uns der Krise? Unsere Interviewreihe, in der wir jede Woche aktuelle und dringliche Themen besprechen. Wir tun dies auf Facebook und wir tun es live!

Apr

2020

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Dec

2020

#KASkonkret
Wie stellen wir uns der Krise? Unsere Interviewreihe, in der wir jede Woche aktuelle und dringliche Themen besprechen. Wir tun dies auf Facebook und wir tun es live!
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Apr

2020

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Dec

2020

#KASkonkret
Wie stellen wir uns der Krise? Unsere Interviewreihe, in der wir jede Woche aktuelle und dringliche Themen besprechen. Wir tun dies auf Facebook und wir tun es live!

Apr

2020

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Dec

2020

#KASkonkret
Wie stellen wir uns der Krise? Unsere Interviewreihe, in der wir jede Woche aktuelle und dringliche Themen besprechen. Wir tun dies auf Facebook und wir tun es live!
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Dec

2020

...und plötzlich waren's nur noch drei!
Die OB-Wahl in Stuttgart: eine erste Analyse

Dec

2020

...und plötzlich waren's nur noch drei!
Die OB-Wahl in Stuttgart: eine erste Analyse
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Media library

Video
"Bratwurstfest" im Rahmen von Demokratie stärken
Über 700 Gäste waren auf dem "Bratwurstfest" im Rahmen von unserer Reihe Demokratie stärken
30 - Jahre Wiedervereinigung. Geraer Perspektiven
Seit 30 Jahren ist Deutschland wiedervereint. Wir haben dies Jubiläum zum Anlass genommen, um nachzufragen wie Geraer auf die Wiedervereinigung schauen. Sehen Sie selbst.
Grenzerfahrungen
30 Jahre Wiedervereinigung
Reden wir über Familie - Der Feierabendtalk
Abwechslung garantiert - Das Leben in der Großfamilie
In dieser Ausgabe diskutiert Moderatorin Andrea Ludwig mit Katrin Konrad, Mutter von vier Kindern und Geschäftsführerin des Verbands kinderreicher Familien in Thüringen.
Afterworkseminare "Mit Vitalität und Freude durch den Alltag"
Vortrag "Die Vitalität steigern" mit Karin Seven, Trainerin und Coach für Präsenz-Auftritt und Persönlichkeit.
Bartoszewski und das Weimarer Dreieck
Dieter Hackmann, Vorsitzender des Weimarer Dreieck e.V., erzählt über die Importanz des Weimarer Dreiecks für die europäische Einigkeit.
30 Jahre Wiedervereinigung
Bernhard Vogel: Demokratie in Thüringen
Altministerpräsident Bernhard Vogel wird erklären, warum Thüringen eine führende Rolle unter der Bundesländer zukommen sollte. Sehen Sie selbst.
Der Mensch Bartoszewski
Der Ausstellungskurator Marcin Barcz gibt eine kurze Einführung über den Menschen Bartoszewski.