M100 Sanssouci Colloquium

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Sponsored byFriedrich Naumann Foundation, German Federal Foreign Office, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Membership• Mike Schubert
• George Weidenfeld
• Stefan Aust
• Hugo Bütler
• Stephan-Andreas Casdorff
• Ulrich Deppendorf
• Kai Diekmann
• Ernst Elitz
• Astrid Frohloff
• Jann Jakobs
• Roger Köppel
• Tina Kulow
• Christoph Lanz
• Giovanni di Lorenzo
• Leonard Novy
• Helena Kennedy
• Christian Rainer
• Dagmar Rosenfeld
• Klaus Rost
• Rachel Salamander
• Sabine Schicketanz
• Frank Schirrmacher
• Karl zu Schwarzenberg
• Andrea Seibel
• Louis Schweitzer
• Matthias Spielkamp
• Sylke Tempel
• Mathias Müller von Blumencron
• Uwe Vorkötter
German media conference with heavy deep state agenda
A typical Colloquium with wining and dining of select guests

The M100 Sanssouci Colloquium is an international media conference that takes place once a year in the castles and gardens of the city of Potsdam outside Berlin.

Apart from leaders of central corporate media, the participants and speakers are often gathered from the overlap between media and intelligence services. One of the purposes of the Colloquium is to groom and fund "independent voices" (that conveniently have a world view identical with corporate media), especially from Eastern Europe and Russia. The event is sponsored among others by the US government via the National Endowment for Democracy and by the very spooky Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

The Colloquium was initiated in 2005 and brings together around one hundred internationally leading opinion and media makers with the stated aim of "intensifying dialogue with each other, fostering mutual understanding, the role and influence of the media in international investigate and work for democracy, freedom of opinion and the press."[1]


In an instance of projection or hypocrisy, during the 2019 summit the media leaders rued "the first threat to press freedom is the demonization of journalists. From a rhetorical and digital environment where they are framed as enemies of the state, the demonization of journalists crosses over to a physical environment which fuels the rise in attacks on journalists."[2] - This is coming from corporate media outlets that have done their utmost to demonize and deplatform independent media.

Trust in Authorities and the Establishment

As an example of the issues the Colloquium sees as self-evidently needing to be "solved", Marina Weisband, a speaker at the 2020 Colloquium, discussed the question of trust in authorities. "Weisband explained that this is caused by a lack of control and overview in a complex world. In this context, media would need to stop magnifying irrelevant but loud groups as well as regarding the view of authoritarians and populists as equally valuable but rather shape a common ground for discussion. Weisband hopes that with improved transparency and improved education the fundamental distrust in media and the establishment could be minimized.[3]

M100 Young European Journalists Workshop

The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) was initiated in 2005 as part of the Colloquium. Every year, the workshop is addressed to 25 young journalists between the ages of 18 and 26 from Europe, the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia. In addition to the cultivation of practical and theoretical knowledge relating to journalistic work, the workshop also seeks to generate professional contacts and long-term ties among participants. Some of the M100 alumni now work for successful independent funded European media"[4] (several of these are aligned and openly or covertly funded by Western governments), "such as De Correspondent in the Netherlands or Hromadske.TV in Ukraine. Others have founded their own media organizations, such as the investigative network Correctiv or the international reporting platform Outriders."


Sponsors include the German Foreign Ministry and the National Endowment for Democracy, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung,the PR agency Agentur Medienlabor

The board members (see above) include some former members or deceased people.


Known members

6 of the 29 of the members already have pages here:

Hugo BütlerEditor in Chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Kai DiekmannDeep state connected German editor. 2001-2015 chief editor of Bild Zeitung, Europe's biggest newspaper.
Helena Kennedy
Karel SchwarzenbergDeep state connected Czech diplomat and politician
Louis SchweitzerSecond generation Triple Bilderberger Swiss President of Le Siècle
George WeidenfeldBilderberger Member of the House of Lords whose name appeared in Jeffrey Epstein's Black book



Friedrich Naumann Foundation
German Federal Foreign OfficeThe German Foreign Ministry
Institute for Strategic DialogueSpooky anti-democratic think-tank that is "uniquely able to turn research and analysis into evidence-based policy and action" by local authorities, central governments and multilateral institutions.