After the birth year 2013, the Rheydter Schlossgespräche will take place for the 6th time. The event has become firmly established with last year’s move from our office in the old oil mill to the historic Rittersaal of the Castle of Rheydt, the oldest Renaissance castle on the Lower Rhine side.

The topic of this year’s event is as follows

„Rule of law – or constitutional democracy without law?“

and is intended to shed light on the conflicts that exist between the public’s desire for security and the foundations of our constitution. The arc is wide: from the observation of endangered people with an Islamist background to the increasing clan crime and „No-Go-Areas“ in some of our cities to child pornography and the recent cases of abuse in NRW.

Also this time we succeeded in winning Dr. Daniela Lesmeister as a competent speaker for us. Dr. Lesmeister is head of department in the NRW Ministry of the Interior, commander-in-chief of the police in NRW and thus head of around 42,000 police officers. She learned her profession from the bottom up and is particularly familiar with everyday police life as a detective in the streets of Gelsenkirchen. Dr. Lesmeister holds a doctorate in law and is founder and president of the aid organization „ISAR“, which rescues people buried after natural catastrophes, for which she recently received the Bambi in the category „Silent Heroes“. From her we will surely also learn how wide the gap between political claim and pragmatic approach is.

In the round table discussion Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, a contentious and profound connoisseur of conditions in NRW, is currently applying for the position of Lord Mayor in Düsseldorf. Ms. Strack-Zimmermann has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2017 and is the defense policy spokeswoman of the FDP.

Jurisdiction is represented by Dr. Thomas Kühnen, presiding judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, which has to keep up the balancing act between political claim and legal reality in NRW. Dr. Kühnen is certainly one of the most prominent judges in Germany, who also does not shy away from taking „bold“ legal paths – and at the same time keeping his right.

The discussion round is completed by Felix Heinrichs, chairman of the SPD-Ratsfraktion in Mönchengladbach and designated candidate of the SPD for the Lord Mayor position in Mönchengladbach. Heinrichs, who runs a senior citizens‘ institution with his mother, stands for a new young generation of local politicians with a solid connection and unconditional love for the city, who also tries to communicate and implement forward-looking concepts across parties.

The round will once again be moderated by Denisa Richters, head of the Mönchengladbach local editorial office of the Rheinische Post.

Also this year on

Monday, October 7th, 2019.

more than 80 participants from industry, politics, science and culture are expected.

Requests for participation will be accepted until 4 October 2019 at docket@ip-two.de.

Find all the information here: Flyer Schlossmühlengespräche

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