Current Developments concerning European Social Democracy – Perspectives for the German-Chinese Dialogue

Event: Society and Politics

From May 29th to May 31st former scholarship holders of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Beijing and Shanghai convened in Qingdao for a seminar to discuss current developments concerning European Social Democracy and the perspectives for the German-Chinese dialogue from a political, economic, societal, judicial and scientific perspective.

Photo::The German and Chinese participants of the seminar in Qingdao from May 29th to May 31st.

From May 29th to May 31st around 40 alumni of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Beijing and Shanghai with academic, political and entrepreneurial backgrounds gathered in Qingdao for a seminar to discuss current developments concerning European Social Democracy and the perspectives for the German-Chinese dialogue from a political, economic, societal, judicial and scientific perspective. Three experts from Germany, Prof. Dr. Thomas Meyer, Deputy Chairman of the Core Value Commission of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Dr. Christian Krell, Head of the Academy for Social Democracy at Friedrich Ebert Foundation and member of the core value commission of SPD and Dr. Henning Meyer, Director of the political consulting company New Global Strategy and member of the Core Value Commission of SPD gave inputs from a German and European perspective.

On March 30th, participants delivered speeches on the topic based upon their personal professional background. Hence, the analyses of current developments concerning European Social Democracy and the perspectives for the German-Chinese dialogue consisted of speeches on “Aims of the New Reform and Societal Policy in China”, “Values and Policy” to “Politics and Law”.

On March 31st, the participants dedicatedly discussed the state and perspectives of the alumni support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and raised specific suggestions that are very helpful for the Beijing and Shanghai offices of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Apart from the seminar the meeting in Qingdao also enabled the participants to engage in discussions on current party and societal developments and overall developments in Germany and China in a rather informal manner. Hereby already existing professional and personal networks could be intensified and new could be buildup. In the future similar events will further deepen these networks between different experts from various branches of society.

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