Veranstaltungen: Dokumentation

27.11.2006

Grußwort von Lothar Kopp

Grußwort von Lothar Kopp, bpb, anlässlich des Podiumsgespräches aus der Veranstaltungsreihe Kontinentaldrift 3.0 - "Europa und der politische Islam" am 22.11.2006 in München.

Ladies and Gentleman,

please be so kind to grant me a few words before it starts.

My name is Lothar Kopp from the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, may be for some of you that sounds a little bit old fashioned, but anyway it's still the most important institution for all people, who are interested in political and historical science and educational questions. In Munich there is also a Bayerische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung with similar tasks, but mostly for the Bavarians.
The federal center für civic education is located in Bonn, but it has also an office in Berlin. And there I am the assitant leader of the communication and media center, which meanwhile is an accepted place for the public and in politics interested people, ordinary Berlin visitors from all over Germany and international visitors as well .

Today I want to say welcome in the name of my president Thomas Krüger, who unfortunately is not able to come.

Ladies and gentleman,

your beeing here shows your interest on the theme "Europe and the political islam" from the point of view of Daniel Goldhagen, an American author.

Political education will inform people, will communicate knowledge, to help people to find their own opinions and political positions.
That is always a win-win-situation. So I am very sure, today too.

It's a pleasure to say hello again to you Mr. Goldhagen and also to your wife. We met us in Berlin two days ago for the first time, and we are ready to hear, what you are intending to say to the audience today.
And indeed, later you all will have the opportunity to ask questions. Hopefully no statements, but questions. Feel free to ask also in German.

Last year we – the bpb - started this series with its name "Continentaldrift 3.0 – America between Europe and Asia" in Berlin with Laurence Lessig, the famous "Cyber-pope" - as some people call him – from California, west-coast. Long term we want to bring especially American thinkers to Europe, to learn, what people on the other side of the Atlantic are thinking about different problems in Europe and Asia. Now we continue with a representative from Massachusets, east-coast.

The main intention of our new series is to understand America and how thinkers are interpreting developments in Europe and Asia too, from their point of view. To do that, listening is very important. Those, who want to understand, first have to hear. That is the best way to make sure to understand each other a little bit better than before. Let me remark: We can learn from each other, in both directions.

We are glad to have you here in Germany again Mr. Goldhagen, I know how hard it is to be here only for a few days with two appointments in Berlin and Munich, because of the jetlag, and after that going back somethousand miles, because work and children are waiting, and thanksgiving too. For Americans that's nearly a holy day.
From this place I wish you a safe trip back home, tomorrow.

Ladies and gentleman,

let me say thank you very much to Mrs. Antonia Heigl from the Amerika-Haus, who was organising our evening here in wonderful Munich. I know, that is a hard work. I did it Berlin two days ago. Thank you for your hospitality and the outstanding support.

This evening was prepared by Anjana Shrivastava, an American journalist, living in Berlin since years, and by the German Journalist Claus Christian Malzahn from Spiegel online in Berlin. Both will lead us through the discussion later on. Thank's a lot for your excellent work.

So again, welcome to you all, I wish you an informative and a pleasant evening with thoughts from Daniel Jonah Goldhagen about political Islam.

But first I ask for your attention for Anjana and her introduction...

Thank you very much and enjoy the evening !

Lothar G. Kopp

-es gilt das gesprochene Wort-


Reihe Kontinentaldrift 3.0 - "Europa und der politische Islam"

  • Überblick
  • Grußwort Thomas Krüger, 20.11.2006
  • Grußwort Lothar Kopp, 22.11.2006 (engl.)

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