The German Parliament
The German Foreign Ministry
By Werner Wnendt, Director-General for Culture & Communication
The Symposium will focus in particular on the following Issues:
Prof. Eric Maskin, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, Professor of Economics in Harvard University The Berlin International Economics Congress 2012
However, the problem is not one simply of the divide between the rich and the poor. Economic inequality is encouraged by political inequality and inequality of opportunity, both at the national and supranational level. The wealthy and powerful have greater access to politics and media and so are often in a position to communicate their views and interests more effectively than others; lobbying and campaign contributions can have a major impact on politics.
Increasingly, financial crises today are characterized by economic problems crossing the boundaries of nation states. Moreover, in today’s globalized world decisions made by politicians in one state can have serious effects for citizens of another state, even though the latter have no role in influencing the decisions in question. In other words, the territorial boundaries that specify who may participate in a democratic process are not necessarily equivalent to the populations affected. If the democratic ideal is maximum citizen participation, then there is reason to argue for a democratic deficit and thus political inequality at both the national and supranational level.
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Certificate of AttendanceAll participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.
During the conference, the following themes and issues will be explored: