NEW HORIZONS 2015: Think Tank Europa

NEW HORIZONS 2015: Think Tank Europa

At the conference „New Horizons: Think Tank Europe“ 2015, visionaries and thinkers discuss in panels about the identity and future of Europe


Passau, August 20, 2015: Despite all the crises, Europe is a role model for the whole world. This is why Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, and Manfred Weber, Chairman of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament, are jointly sponsoring the congress „New Horizons: Think Tank Europe“. On September 24 and 25, 2015, leading personalities from business, science, politics, art and culture will meet in the European city of Passau to discuss and further develop the future of Europe.


„The aim of New Horizons is to create a unique and innovative platform where politicians, business representatives, intellectuals and people from the middle of society come together to discuss Europe’s most pressing challenges, but especially its opportunities,“ says Dr. Fritz Audebert, initiator of the event. „Diversity needs roots. It is precisely these roots that we should emphasize when we rethink the future of Europe“. The debt crisis or the growing distance between the EU member states themselves, but also the common identity and its effectiveness, for example through solidarity, are topics. The discussions under the thematic umbrella of Europe’s Hidden Champions with Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Haussmann, former Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, as well as the debate and mutual learning between politics and business will complement the program.


Although many of Europe’s problems are of an economic nature, intercultural communication and overcoming cultural stereotypes is crucial to finding a way out of the crisis. ICUnet.AG, as a leading expert in intercultural communication, has invited top-class speakers to participate in the debate on designing a future model for Europe.


The European City of Passau, located in the three-country corner between Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, is the ideal place to hold precisely these discussions.


The „New Horizons“ congress, which has been taking place since 2004, is not only a platform for business representatives and politicians, but also a stage for international networking: visionaries and thinkers from the European economy, science, politics and culture seek exchange in Passau. Since 2015, the event has focused on strategy development for the Europe of tomorrow. Because Europe is a model for the future, as the organizers are convinced. Due to the highest environmental and living standards, reflected sustainability policies, and not least because of innovations, competitiveness, prosperity, security and freedom of opinion, the European Union is above all a pioneering model of society.


„As the patron of „New Horizons“ in Passau, I would like to see a change in thinking in Europe. The approval for the European project is sinking. The Passau-based „Think Tank Europe“ creates new confidence in Europe and gives room for new European thinking and the use of future-oriented ideas,“ said Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Participants and speakers at „New Horizons“ include big names from business, politics and culture, such as Dr. Thomas Enders (CEO Airbus Group), Manfred Weber (Chairman of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament), Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany) , Miguel Herz-Kestranek (actor and author), Tibor Navracsics (EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport), Lord Arthur George Weidenfeld (journalist, publisher and diplomat), as well as many other well-known personalities.

In the various panels on the topic „European Identity: Strength in Diversity“, questions such as „What is the future model of the European continent?“ and „How can Europe use its identity to succeed as a competitive, democratic or diverse part of the world?

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