In a dinner with Helmut Schmidt - 06.02.2010

Civic Activities:
– For a Democratic Europe
– For Civil and Political Rights in Burma

Photo: With one of my hero,
Aung San Suu Kyi,
in her home in Rangoon,

For a Democratic Europe

  • Helmut Schmidt
    I shall miss Helmut Schmidt. He has inspired me ever since I met him in 1969 as young high school student. In 2010, he allowed me to organize a diner for him with some leading Europeans. Here is a transcript of the fascinating discussion : A Dinner with Helmut Schmidt
  • Rede in Wien
    Im Rahmen des SPÖ-Zukunftsprojekts “Österreich 2020” (Ö2020) lud am 14. März 2010 Sozialminister Rudolf Hundstorfer zu einer Diskussion mit dem Thema “Sozialstaat im 21. Jahrhundert – Vision oder Utopie?” ins Parlament. Hundstorfer ist politischer Verantwortlicher der “Österreich 2020″-Diskursgruppe „Soziales, Beschäftigung und Wirtschaft”.
    Hier ist die Präsentation in PDF.
  • Radio interviews:
    • France Culture,  Emission “A suivre” du 01/02/2009
    • « Pour un oui ou pour un non »: débat entre Stefan Colignon et Arnaud Montebourg sur le traité européen lors de l’émission « la suite dans les idées » du 18 mai 2005, sur France culture.
      enregistrement de l’emission en format mp3 ici. (59:56 mn – 41,2 Mo)
  •  Since 1969: Member of German Social Democratic Party (SPD)
For Civic and Polical Rights in Burma
  • Since 1990: President of Association France-Birmanie.
  • 1993-1995: European Coordinator of European Burma Support Groups.


I’ve been teaching Political economy courses to some burmese students. Here is the powerpoint :
The Myanmar economy after the February 2021 Coup


  • Human Rights and the Economy in Burma; in: Robert Taylor, Burma, Political Economy under Military Rule, C. Hurst & Co, London, 2001.
  • Why Do Poor Countries Choose Low Human Rights? Some Lessons from Burma; Habilitationsvortrag, Freie Universität Berlin, 1999. Sumary and download
  • The Burmese Economy and the Withdrawal of European Trade Preferences; in: EIAS Briefing Paper No. 97/02, Brussels, April 1997.
    Download in PDF.

On the subject I also find interesting the following work:

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