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.
Over the past few semesters, we have hosted a variety of events. Below you can see some selected highlights:
The former member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Prof. Dr. Andreas Dombret, delivered a speech on the responsibilities of central banks and offered a positive outlook for the future. The speech was followed by a great variety of questions from the audience, covering career advice, crypto currencies and many more areas.
We have one quote from each of our great panelists to remember from this exciting event with the topic “The new era of Joe Biden”:
“We need the closest exchange and conversations between friends and allies“ - Ricklef Beutin | “I would support the European army under one condition: when I am the commander“ - Ben Hodges | “I hope that the pandemic demonstrates how important free trade and globalization is“ - Prof. Dr. Nils Stieglitz | “Biden has to be successful in the economy in order to calm the polarization in the country“ - Elmar Theveßen
Dr Peter Tauber, former State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense and former member of the German Parliament, was welcomed at Frankfurt School in April. He gave interesting insights on his past career in the Federal Parliament as well as on the German Army and his private life. Dr Tauber emphasized the importance of equal chances in a democracy while taking the risk of failing. It was a lively discussion with our online audience. Read more in our blogpost
Gregor Amann (SPD), Bastian Bergerhoff (Die Grünen), Patrick Schenk (AfD), Michael Müller (Die Linke), and Stephanie Wüst (FDP) joined us on Campus to discuss pressing topics in Frankfurt. The city parliaments will be formed based on the results of the local elections, which take place in every city or district in Hesse every five years.
Dr. Günther Bräunig, CEO of the KfW Bankengruppe, followed our invitation and joined us for an online-only event, providing interesting insights on the role of the KfW in the handling of the corona crisis. He emphasized the importance of financial support in times of corona and gave a hopeful outlook concerning the economic recovery.
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 welcomed Dr. Theodor Weimer, CEO Deutsche Börse, for a talk about strategic competitive arena of global stock exchanges.
Gregor Gysi, former chair of the Left Party, held a striking speech on “How can capitalism be improved?”.
We invited Stephan Sturm, CEO of Fresenius SE, to talk about the Health Industry – a booming sector in an aging society.
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.
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).
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The Speeches department is responsible for planning speeches, lectures, and disputations with top political and economic speakers.
The Events Department organizes panels on elections as well as other political and economic-related topics. The department also organizes internal social events, excursions, and trips.
The International Division organizes events in English. The department also deals with providing political education for international students. Furthermore, the department organizes panels and internal discussions on international topics.
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