Lecture Series "Responsibility for the Future"

Lecture Series "Europa bauen, den Wandel gestalten" - Building Europe, Designing Change

Europe in the first decade of the 21st century: The European Union is expanding and reinventing itself. By securing and maintaining peace, the transatlantic partnership with the United States remains the bedrock of the development of the EU. Europe's position and identity must be redefined by dialog with the states and value systems of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. "Designing change" presents Germany with many new tasks and reminds us of what we have yet to undertake. For this reason, the lecture series "Europa bauen, den Wandel gestalten" (Building Europe, Designing Change) comprised talks by leading personalities in culture, politics, business and science from Germany and abroad.

All foundation lectures are published by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


  • Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner
    Member of the European Commission
    Europe's Commitment to Its Neighborhood
    November 18, 2008, Stuttgart
  • Professor Jobst Plog
    former Director of the German NDR broadcasting network
    "Where are Europe’s Media Headed?"
    April 29, 2008, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart
  • Dr. Josef Joffe
    Publisher, DIE ZEIT
    "Hypermacht" und "Friedensmacht": Die Zukunft der europäisch-amerikanischen Beziehungen ["Hyperpower" and "Power for Peace": The Future of European-American Relations]
    November 20, 2007, Stuttgart
  • Professor Dr. Laszlo Solyom
    President of the Republic of Hungary
    Responsibility for Protecting our Livelihoods
    June 12, 2007, Alte Reithalle, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dr. Jean-Claude Juncker
    Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:
    What Visions Does Europe Need?, November 21, 2006, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Joachim Gauck
    Formerly Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the Former GDR: What Memories Does Europe Need?, March 28, 2006, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Heinrich August Winkler
    Professor of Modern History at Berlin's Humboldt University, November 10, 2005, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dr. Kemal Dervis
    Member of the Turkish Parliament, former Economics Minister: Europe's Eastward Expansion: An Historic Reunification and the Shaping of the Future, May 3, 2005, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Cardinal Karl Lehmann
    Bishop of Mainz and Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference: Christendom and the Foundations of Europe. Perspective on the Past, the Present, and the Future, October 20, 2004, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Erwin Teufel
    Former premier of the German State of Baden-Wurttemberg: A Changing Europe, June 22, 2004, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dr. Amos Elon
    Former Editor-in-Chief of Haaretz newspaper, Tel Aviv: The Role of Jewry in the New Europe, November 4, 2003, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Alfred Grosser
    President of Centre d’information et de recherche sur l’Allemagne contemporaine (CIRAC), Paris: Germany, France, and Europe: Past, present, and future. June 3, 2003, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Janusz Reiter
    Former Ambassador, Director of the Center for International Relations, Warsaw, Poland: The Expansion of the European Union – Then what?, December 9, 2002, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk
    Minister for Religious Affairs (Awkaf) of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Cairo: Islam and Europe – No Future without Dialog, June 11, 2002, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton
    Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington: The Future Ain't What it Used to be: Europe, America, and the New Global Political Situation, December 2001, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Töpfer
    Executive Director of the UN Environment Program and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nairobi: Globalization and its Impact on German Policies in International Organizations, July 17, 2001, Stuttgart, Germany