100 years since the redrawing of the border– 2020 will be an exciting year for the German-Danish Border region. On this special occasion and under the title: Dialogue 20-20, the ECMI organises, together with the Schackenborg Fond and the Danish Foreign Policy Society four discussion events. The umbrella headline War and Peace- 100 years with New Borders in Europe– Losers, Winners and Perspectives indicates the focus of these open dialogues:
As consequence of World War I, the border between Denmark and Germany was not the only redrawn / new border– there were frontier shifts across a variety of regions in Europe. These changes had a huge impact on the future of the respective citizens. In four discussion events, experts will elaborate on affected areas and their influence on the respective minorities. The plenum discussions will take place at Schackenborg Castle in Mögeltønder (DK).
The series of events started successfully last week. On Thursday 25th April, the history of South Tyrol was in the spotlight. For this purpose, Dr. Toni Ebner, editor in chief of the German speaking newspaper “Dolomiten” in South Tyrol, paid a working visit to Mögeltønder. In his presentation, he elaborated on the historical development of minorities in South Tyrol. Dr. Toni Ebner has been in his position since 1995 and is additionally a board member in the association of European minority newspaper (Midas).
Coming from a family in South Tyrol himself, his family influenced and experienced the historic and political development of the region personally. It is therefore not surprising that the speech of Dr. Ebner was extremely catching and vivid. Since 1945, his family has had journalistic and political influence on the autonomy status of South Tyrol.
Biography of Dr. Ebner`s mother:
Biography about Dr. Ebner`s father:
The next discussion event will be on 21st November 2019 and concerns the Austrian-Hungarian border region. Kinga Gál, a member of parliament from the Hungarian party Fidesz, will hold a presentation, whilst Sigfried Matlok (former editor in chief of the German Minority Media Nordschleswiger and former head of the Office of the German Minority in Copenhagen) is moderating the four events.
The highlight of the series of events is a conference with Simon Faber (German-Danish politician/ SSW and former mayor of Flensburg). On 9th March 2020, he will elaborate on the minorities in South and North Schleswig and open the debate to a European perspective.
In Autumn 2020, the German-French and the German- Belgian border region will be on the agenda (the official date will be published soon).
The events are open to everyone – Register to the ECMI Newsletter to be informed about upcoming activities.
The Schackenborg-Fond has been founded in 2014 by Prince Joachim, the Bitten and Mads Clausen Fond (Danfoss), Ecco Holding and Ole Kirks Fond. Until 2014 Prince Joachim himself lived in the castle. Today, the royal family uses the castle as a summer residence only. The rest of the year, the castle is open to the public and hosts diverse cultural events throughout the year.