Keynote Speakers: Opening Week 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017: Opening Ceremony

Dr. Norbert Lammert


Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the Bundestag has served as top of the parliament since 2005. Since 1966 Dr. Lammert has been a member of the Christian Democratic Union party. Dr. Lammert ensures that the Parliament’s rules are upheld and serves as a representative of the Parliament. He is head of the Bundestag administration and the Bundestag Police.  Dr. Lammert studied political science, modern history, and social economics in Bochum Germany, and Oxford, England, he went on to earn his Doctorate in Social Science in 1975. We are very thrilled to have Dr. Norbert Lammert commence the Opening Ceremony for the Opening Week 2017 in Lüneburg on 5 October 2017 in the St. Johannis Church.  

Monday, 9 October 2017: “EU-how to defend a miracle”

Rebecca Harms


Rebecca Harms has been a Member of the European Parliament in the Greens/EFA group since 2004 as well as President of the Greens in the European Parliament from 2009-2016. Passionate about climate policies and a sustainable economy, Rebecca Harms focuses on democratic reforms, anti-corruption policies, and human rights issues.  Rebecca Harms serves as the Co-President of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Association Cooperation Committee, and a member of the committee of Industry, Research and Energy.  As a close friend to Ukraine, she visits Ukraine regularly and thoroughly followed the developments during the Orange Revolution in 2004. We are excited to have Rebecca Harms in Lüneburg, close to her childhood home in Lower Saxony’s “Wendland” to deliver a Keynote speech, “EU-how to defend a miracle” on 9 October 2017, 10:10. To learn more about Rebecca Harms work to phase out nuclear power and phase in sustainable energy, visit her website.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017: “Challenges for the European union in a restless world”

Dr. Hans Gert-Pöttering

 Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering was a member of the European Parliament from 1979-2014 for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and served as the President of the European Parliament from 2007-2009. Since 2017 Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering has been the Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) political foundation. After studying law, political science, and history at the Universities of Bonn and Geneva, as well as at the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering passed the state law exam, going on to achieved his PhD in political science and history in 1974, and passing the second state law exam in jurisprudence in 1976. Dr. Hans Gert-Pöttering is commonly known as a fervent European Federalist. Dr. Hans Gert-Pöttering will deliver his keynote speech on Tuesday, 10 October about the “Challenges for the European union in a restless world” at 13:00. 

Tuesday,10 October 2017: "State of the EU and Necessary Reforms"

Dr. Gregor Gysi


Dr. Gregor Gysi, a key politician for The Left (Die Linke) was a member of the Parliament from 1990-2002 and has been a member of Parliament again since 2005 until present day. The position of chairman of The Left was held by Dr. Gregor Gysi from 1990-2000 and again from 2005-2015. Recently Dr. Gregor Gysi was elected as President of the European Left Party (EL).  Since 1971 he has been active as a licensed attorney, after finishing his Diplom in Law in 1970. Dr. Gregor Gysi has also served as the Senator for Economics, Labour, and Women’s Issues as well as Deputy Mayor. Dr. Gregor Gysi is an alternate member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (Auswärtiger Ausschuss) as well as a consulting member of the Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Ausschuss). We are looking forward to Dr. Gregor Gysi’s keynote speech on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 titled, "State of the EU and Necessary Reforms" at 14:00 in the Central Building.

Friday, 13 October 2017: Finale

Stephan Weil


Stephan Weil (SPD) has been the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony since 2013. Before becoming Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil was the Mayor of Hannover for 7 years, until his election as Prime Minister. Stephan Weil is on the Budesrat, where he is a member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs. We are honoured to host Stephen Weil at the Finale of the Opening Week 2017 on 13 October 2017.

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