Opening Ceremony


6.00 pm
Musical welcome by the trio „Blue Charles“ (Berlin)
Jazz Suite No. 2 | Waltz No. 1 by Dmitrij Šostakovič

6.00-6.15 pm
Opening Remarks by Gwendolyn Sasse, Director, and Christian Schaich, Managing Director

6.15-6.45 pm
Official Remarks by State Secretary Walter Lindner, Federal Foreign Office, and Jan Kusber, Chairman of the Foundation Board of ZOiS

6.45-7.45 pm
Panel Discussion (with simultaneous translation from English into German)
“Destructive Convergence: Are Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes becoming more alike?”

From 8.00 pm