FS Economy & Politics is an initiative that wants to encourage FS Students to think outside of the box by debating about current political and macroeconomic issues. Our initiative thus provides a platform for FS Students to broaden their horizons. Our events range from small get-togethers with our members to big speeches with known politicians and economists. We encourage all students of Frankfurt School to join our events as they are an opportunity for a vivid exchange of political views as well as economic issues.
During the last semesters, we hosted a number of other events and we will update this section as soon as possible.
The former mayor of the city of Frankfurt am Main, Petra Roth, held a speech on how a city is governed, specifically focusing on social policies and financial planning.
We welcomed Gerhard Bereswill, president of the police of the city of Frankfurt and Main at FS. He talked about securtiy as a location factor and how current trends can be found in criminal statistics.
We were honoured to welcome Dr. Jens Weidmann, current president of the Bundesbank, for a talk at the Frankfurt School. The event started with a short introduction by Prof. Dr. Nils Stieglitz and was followed by a speech by Jens Weidmann. Finally, the students got the chance to ask questions about the monetary policy and long-term challenges to the currency union.
Dr. Cornelius Riese came to the Frankfurt School for a talk about the relation between the finance industry and politics.
Cornelius Riese has been a part of DZ Bank for over 10 years. Since 1 January 2019 he is the co-chairman of DZ Bank along with Uwe Fröhlich.
For the upcoming European Election at the end of May, we organized a panel discussion with representatives of all parliamentary groups. The discussion focused on the topics of education, digitalization and the prospective competitiveness of the European Union. Every panelist had the chance to introduce themselves and state their opinions. The event was followed by a heated discussion.
We organized a panel-discussion concerning the topic “Made in China 2025: A Threat for the German Industry?” at the Frankfurt School.
For Germany and the Western world in general the rise of China and its industry can be either judged as a threat due to it challenging the leading position of the advanced economies, or as an opportunity given the investments of China in Western countries and rising investment opportunities in China itself.
First internal meeting this year, Politics & Breakfast, discussing the basic income guarantee.
We invited Claire Jones, Bureau Chief of the Financial Times Frankfurt Office, for a discussion about the topic "Brexit - Threats and Opportunities for the Eurozone.
Claire Jones studied Philosophy and Economics at the London School of Economics. After finishing her studies, Mrs. Jones began her career path in journalism as an economics reporter in London. She then moved on to cover the Bank of England for the Financial Times. Apart from being the Bureau Chief oft he Frankfurt Office, Mrs. Jones also writes about the eurozone economy, being the eurozone correspondent to the FT
We welcomed Michael Roth, minister of state for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, to talk about the interaction of politics and economics.
The International Division department invited Yidan Sun, Centre Director Europe and spokesperson of the Singapore Economic Development Board. The event gave many insights about the economic growth of Southeast Asia.
In the run-up to the state elections in October 2018 we invited politicians from Hesse to a panel discussion at our business school. Representatives of all parliamentary groups and the leading candidate of the Alternative für Deutschland answered questions from the students about the future of education and the business location Frankfurt in the well-filled auditorium of the Frankfurt School.
We welcomed Nicola Beer, MdB, former State Minister and secretary general of the Free Democratic Party for a speech on the future of the European Union. She gave us interesting insights on the challenges and chances the EU is facing and how to deal with them from a liberal perspective.
We were honoured to have Mr. Gerold Grasshoff, Global Head of Risk Management and Regulation at Boston Consulting Group, with us! After an impressive speech by him, we hosted, together with Frankfurt School Student Consulting, a BBQ where Mr Grasshoff, together with more consultants of Boston Consulting Group, were available to answer questions about the company, work, and everything else.
We invited Jeremy Cliffe, the Economist's Berlin Bureau Chief, for a talk at Frankfurt School.
Mr. Cliffe has spent months working on a report called “The new Germans”, interviewing politicians, prominent academics and ordinary Germans. He argues in his report that with Germany’s recent election, the country is on the brink of a new political era marked by greater openness, fragmentation and uncertainty. The in-depth report goes on to say that this coincides with and reflects deeper shifts in the country.
We invited Bettina Wiesmann, member of the Bundestag, to a fireside chat at FS. Among others, we discussed topics such as the coalition negotiations or possible ways to get involved in politics.
Peer Steinbrück, former Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal Minister of Finance, chancellor candidate of the SPD in the 2013 federal election and senior advisor of the ING-DiBa gave a speech about the topic “Whatever It Takes’ effects of the low interest rate policy”.
Read more in our blog post.
Mohammed Al-Salafi, International Business Master candidate at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with a concentration in African business development and an inclined focus on Infrastructure and Financial Development, hold a speech about the “Why” and “How” in the Yemen conflict.
Roland Koch, former Minister-President of Hesse, gave a speech about the relationship between economy and politics.
Initial political situations like the Brexit have a huge impact on the economy.
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the student initiative FS Economy & Politics welcomed Peer Steinbrück, the former German Federal Minister of Finance and currently Senior Advisor for ING-DiBa, for a lecture on the low interest rate policy of the European Central Bank (ECB).
The department for speeches is responsible for the organization of events which are open to staff, friends and students of the Frankfurt School.
The tasks are on the one hand contacting and inviting potential speakers, which are either important figures in German politics or are well known for their economic successes and on the other hand trying to find suitable topics for the speakers to stress their profession and show the connection between economy and politics.
By organizing these speeches, the department aims to provide interested students and other invited guests by Frankfurt School with information about current topics which are relevant for German politics and economy.
The Events Department is responsible for the initiation and organization of external and internal events which are exclusive for members of FS Economy & Politics.
Generating ideas and implementing these projects in form of firesite chats, trips und discussions constitutes the main part of their work.
By organizing internal and external events, this department aims to give the members of FS Economy & Politics the possibility to gain a profound insight into recent topics and trends and provide a vivid exchange of opinions and knowledge from the economic and political field.
The International Division is responsible for cultural and political exchange.
Planning panel discussions with foreign politicians, company leaders and scholars about political and economics topics are the main tasks of this department.
By providing these events, the department aims to give new cultural and different insights about economic and political issues.
The following general application period will start in early September 2021. Stay tuned on Social Media to receive the latest information.