The Jury

Landry Charrier

Dr. habil. Landry Charrier studied at the Universities of Nantes and Düsseldorf. Between 2007 and 2017 he taught at the German Institute of the University of Clermont Auvergne as Maître de conférences. His research interests include the history of Franco-German relations (20th century), the idea of a united Europe and the idea of peace. Between 2010 and 2017 he was programme officer of the integrated study programme " French-German Studies" (Clermont-Ferrand-Regensburg). In 2014, he received the PEDR (doctoral and research award) for his publications and commitment, and in 2016 he was awarded the Palmes Académiques (Officier). Since 1.09.2017 he has been a university student of the French Embassy for NRW, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Saarland. He also heads the Institut français Bonn.

Josef Pilgram

Hermann Josef Pilgram (born 1955) is an engineer and works in marketing and as a journalist. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Aachen City Council for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, where his work focuses on culture, among other things. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Board of the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.

Annkatrin Kaiser

Annkatrin Kaiser heads the Europe section of the Mercator Foundation. The Mercator Foundation is a private foundation with its headquarters in the Ruhr area, which is committed to cohesion and the ability to act in Europe. Before joining the Foundation, Annkatrin Kaiser worked in various NGOs and a political consultancy. She studied economics, philosophy and political science in Bayreuth, Duisburg and Istanbul.

Stefan Endell

Stefan Endell, editor with special responsibilities at the Neue Ruhr Zeitung (Essen, Duisburg), studied Romance languages and history at the University of Münster and the Sorbonne Paris and successfully completed his studies with a state examination. In 1994 Endell returned to Paris for three months as a scholarship holder of the French Foreign Ministry. In addition to his many years of journalistic work for the largest German daily newspaper group, Endell has also been an active shaper of civil society Franco-Allemand in Europe for decades. From 2010 to 2019 Endell was a member of the board of the Association of German-French Societies for Europe (VDFG), responsible for press and public relations. Endell has also been an active member of the German-French Society Duisburg for 25 years.


Joachim Fischer

Joachim Fischer has a migration background. Born on the Swabian Alb, he moved to Duisburg in 1994 after completing his studies in Constance (as a graduate administrative scientist) and the Rutgers University/USA (Masters of Science) as well as a professional stopover in Frankfurt am Main. Since then, he has worked in the staff department for elections, European affairs and information logistics. He currently heads the Europe Direct Information Center of the City of Duisburg.

"It is fascinating and exciting to see what young people think about their own future and that of Europe and debate it at the highest level."


Simon Gutleben

Simon Gutleben is the Managing Director of the Young European Federalists in NRW and works for the Europa-Union NRW. Both associations work independently and non-partisan for the unification of the peoples of Europe on a federal, liberal, constitutional and democratic basis. He completed a master's degree in social sciences at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

"At a time when a new political polarisation is emerging on issues relating to the future of Europe, it is important that ideas are discussed in terms of content. The debate format enables and rewards good argumentation and the confrontation with other positions on a topic."

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Janis Fifka

Janis Fifka has been a member of the European Youth Parliament since 2011, where he served for two years as an honorary member of the board of the German National Committee and was also responsible for the organisation of various youth conferences lasting several days. The education programme reaches more than 30,000 young people and young adults in 40 countries every year. In addition to studying political science, history, journalism and communication science in Münster and Berlin, Janis Fifka works as a freelance trainer and moderator.

“My hope is that the competition will motivate participants and other students to discuss tomorrow's Europe outside the seminar room and after the awards ceremony, and to engage in the changes they want.”

Ruth Harte

Ruth Harte is Europe Representative in the Rhein-Kreis-Neuss district, where she heads the Europe Direct Information Center Middle Lower Rhine.

"In the second year of the new debating competition for students, I was very happy to take part as a member of the jury, because it is so fundamentally important, especially in these politically and economically difficult times, to fight for the European idea and unification and at the same time to obtain the rhetorical tools for a convincing presentation and communication of the comprehensive EU policy areas and what they can mean in terms of advantages for each individual."


Patrycja Sypel

Patrycja Sypel is a communication officer for the regional representation of the EU Commission in Bonn.

"In the NRW debattiert Europa project, it is not really important who wins first prize. Much more important is the message that there are young people who are committed to the future of Europe and are debating about it.


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