The publication to our first Helmut Schmidt Lecture is now available for free download. In it you will find 20 thought-provoking impulses from numerous authors - all about and for a living democracy.
“We at the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung could not be prouder to have one of the most inspiring global voices for democracy as inaugural speaker of our Helmut Schmidt Lecture: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Belarusian democratic forces.” These were the opening words of Peer Steinbrück, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BKHS, when he welcomed the guest of the first Helmut Schmidt Lecture yesterday. The Belarusian opposition leader is not only the symbol of peaceful protest for democracy, she is also - as became clear in her speech - its most forceful voice.
What does it mean to "live democracy"? Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya knows firsthand that democracy is made and defended by people. For her, the theme of this year's Helmut Schmidt Lecture, "Living Democracy!" has been her life's work since August 2020. She has been living in exile in Lithuania since the arrest of her husband, who ran for president last year, and from there continues to organize protests against ruler Lukashenko in her home country. She has since become a symbol of peaceful struggle and female leadership.
The Helmut Schmidt Lecture will take place at a different European location every year, in cooperation with a local institution. This year’s partner is the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent think tank based in Berlin.
Read the full publication here:
With texts by Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop, Julia Strasheim, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Donatella Della Porta, Ivan Krastev, Thorsten Benner, Helfried Carl, Jan Eichhorn, Christine Hübner, Luca Manucci, Marta Pardavi, Sophie Pornschlegel, Sarah Brockmeier, Elisabeth Winter, Peer Steinbrück, Julia Wolf, Michael Trube and Lars Brozus.