Political Breakfasts

Condoleezza Rice (2017) Photo: Nicole Schurr

High-ranking speakers, among them heads of state, foreign ministers and other influential politicians from Europe, Asia, the Middle and Near East, and the United States, as well as leaders of international organizations, discuss current political issues with a select circle of foreign and security policymakers.

For the speakers, the Political Breakfasts constitute an opportunity to conduct a confidential 90-minute discussion with Berlin’s foreign policy community. The open and substantive exchange takes place between high-level speakers and key decision-makers, including Members of the Bundestag and top representatives of various federal ministries, such as the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Chancellery and select think tanks. Since 2020, Körber-Stiftung’s Digital Background Discussions also offer a virtual space for dialogue on current challenges in international affairs.

Hamid Karzai (2018) Photo: Marc Darchinger

Körber-Stiftung regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking members of Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Breakfasts and (Digital) Background Discussions. For 60 years, Körber-Stiftung has been committed to international dialogue across political, national and religious boundaries, following the credo “Talk to each other, rather than about each other”. 


Digital Background Discussion with Hamid Karzai

The former president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, discussed current developments in Afghanistan on 25 October 2022.

Previous Background Discussions 2022

Our previous speakers

  • Lee Hsien Loong (2015)
    Lee Hsien Loong (2015) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • John Kerry (2018)
    John Kerry (2018) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • Ana Brnabić (2018)
    Ana Brnabić (2018) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • Jens Stoltenberg (2018)
    Jens Stoltenberg (2018) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • Salome Zourabichvili (2019)
    Salome Zourabichvili (2019) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • König Abdullah II. Ibn Al-Hussein (2015)
    König Abdullah II. Ibn Al-Hussein (2015) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • Hanna Hopko (2016)
    Hanna Hopko (2016) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • Gao Yunlong (2019)
    Gao Yunlong (2019) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • Condoleezza Rice (2017)
    Condoleezza Rice (2017) Foto: Nicole Schurr
  • Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (2018)
    Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (2018) Foto: David Ausserhofer
  • Massoumeh Ebtekar (2016)
    Massoumeh Ebtekar (2016) Foto: Marc Darchinger
  • Kersti Kaljulaid (2020)
    Kersti Kaljulaid (2020) Foto: Marc Darchinger

Alle Speaker:innen 2004 bis 2020

Twitter: @KoerberIP


Nora Müller

Executive Director International Affairs and Director Berlin Office

Clara Bredenbrock

Programme Manager
Bergedorf Round Table, Political Breakfasts

Felicitas von Loë (parental leave)

Programme Manager
Bergedorf Round Table, Political Breakfasts

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