Citizens' Assembly recommendations adopted

The Citizens' Assembly on Germany's Role in the World, which was organized under the patronage of the President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble, adopted its recommendations on foreign policy on 20 February 2021. After 50 hours of deliberation over ten sessions, the 154 randomly selected participants formulated guidelines on Germany's presence in the world.

"1. We see Germany's role in the world in the future as that of a fair partner and mediator, who works together with others, especially with the EU, to shape a world in which also future generations can live a good and self-determined life.

2. To this end, we are committed to global sustainability, climate protection and the protection of human rights, the rule of law, peace and security.

3. We want to face up to our responsibility to achieve these goals by acting transparently and with foresight and by living up to our own aspirations.

4. If we do this in an innovative and inspiring way at home, learning from each other in a self-critical way and acting consistently, we can become a role model for others."

These were the core statements of the participants after an intensive debate on 20 February 2021. In addition, the Citizens' Assembly adopted 32 recommendations on sustainable development, economy and trade, peace and security, democracy and the rule of law, and the European Union.