Helmut Schmidt Fellowship 2020 Awarded to Professor Markus Ziener
WASHINGTON, DC – The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius have awarded the Helmut Schmidt Fellowship 2020 to renowned lecturer and journalist Professor Markus Ziener. This prestigious position commemorates the life, service, and legacy of global statesman Helmut Schmidt by supporting the work of an individual who has shown excellence in the academic and policy spheres through commitment to advancing the transatlantic relationship and European integration.
Presently, Ziener is professor of journalism and head of department at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HMKW). He teaches political theories and economics, mass media, journalistic writing, and history of press.
Ziener is also a liaison lecturer at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Further, he contributes as a journalist to The Straits Times as well as Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Deutschlandradio/Deutschlandfunk. As a correspondent for Handelsblatt, he reported from the Middle East, Moscow, and Washington.
Originally from Darmstadt, Ziener obtained his PhD in politics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, examining financial crises and reforms in Poland. He also spent time at Duke University through a GMF fellowship for foreign journalists.
Ziener will be with GMF in Washington, DC from September 2020 to January 2021. During his Helmut Schmidt Fellowship, Ziener will examine the economic relationship between Germany and the United States and its unresolved questions. He will particularly focus on Germany’s strong export capacity, the external value of the Euro, and the mutual tariffs system. Ziener seeks to respond to key U.S. economists and politicians demanding that Germany should take measures to correct presumed imbalances while analyzing Germany’s role in a globalized world.
GMF strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. As a transatlantic public policy institute, it contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders the opportunity to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and it supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.
The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius is inspired by Hamburg's liberal spirit and Gerd Bucerius' open-minded way of thinking. The foundation supports research and scholarship, art and culture, as well as education and training. It also initiates debates on political and social topics and provides forums for digital development. The scholarship program Trajectories of Change contributes to humanities and social sciences and focuses on transformation processes in the European neighborhood. The Free Media Awards support independent media and courageous journalists in Eastern Europe. At the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance, the ZEIT-Stiftung brings together young leaders from a variety of fields to address key issues in global governance. For more information, please contact Jessica Staschen (Staschen@Zeit-Stiftung.de) or read more at www.zeit-stiftung.de.