|founded in the year||1979|
|address||Illekgasse 6/12/4, 1150 Vienna|
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The SZW was founded on Schloss Weikersheim and sees itself as a 'Christian-conservative think tank'. It organises conferences and seminars in particular on the topics of European and German politics.
Organizational Structure and Funding
Over the decades, funding came from federal and Land coffers, from private individuals and from large corporations. The charitable foundation Stiftung zur Förderung christlichen, vaterländischen und humanistischen Gedankengutes in Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Kunst und Politik, is one of the main sponsors. The foundation was established to honour Hans Filbinger, a conservative CDU politician, Nazi-party member and military judge between 1943 and 1945.
Illekgasse 6/12/4, 1150 Vienna
People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).
- Klaus Hornung (2001-2003)
- Jost Bauch (2011-2016)
- Harald Seubert (2011-2016)
- Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider (2011-2016)
People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).
Daniel Tapp, administrative contact; Prof. Dr. Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider - member of board; Prof. Dr. Jost Bauch - member of board; Dr. Michael Wey - treasurer; Dieter Farwick - Beisitzer; Prof. em. Dr. Klaus Hornung - Beisitzer; Daniel Krieger - Beisitzer; Dr. Herwig Praxl - Beisitzer
Working mode, goals
It was founded, as it says on its website, with the goal to lead the intellectual debate with the 'cultural revolution of 1968' in the spirit of a 'liberal, Christianity-oriented conservatism' on the 'foundations of the liberal ('freiheitlich') state and the rule of law'. The SZW emphasises that it is based, unreservedly, on the foundations of a liberal, democratic and social state and the rule of law and that it seems itself as an 'independent voice of a civil movement ('Bürgerbewegung') beyond the obsolete political polarisation of "left" and "right"'.
Cooperations with Think Tanks
Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Studienzentrum Weikersheim
While the section above shows Think Tanks the Studienzentrum Weikersheim claims to cooperate with, the list below shows Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Studienzentrum Weikersheim.
Cooperations with Non-Think Tanks
- Stiftung zur Förderung christlichen, vaterländischen und humanistischen Gedankengutes in Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Kunst und Politik
- Junge Landsmannschaft Ostpreußen
- Bund Junges Ostpreußen
- Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft
- Arbeitsgemeinschaft Evangelischer Unternehmer
- Bund Katholischer Unternehmer
- Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V. Landesverband Baden-Württemberg
We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.
- European Integration
- German politics
- Social Market Economy
- lean state