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Hanns Seidel Foundation
Lazarettstraße 33
80636 Munich | Germany
Tel.: +49 89 1258-0 | Fax: -356
E-mail: info@hss.de

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Annual Report 2013
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The Mission of the Hanns Seidel Foundation

"In the service of democracy, peace and development" – this is the motto that the Hanns Seidel Foundation applies to its work and mission. The motto applies not only for its commitment in Germany, especially in Bavaria, of course, but also abroad.

Former German Federal President Roman Herzog once said that "education towards democracy" was the "permanent and real responsibility of political foundations". He stated that this education helped "citizens of an open society to participate in the developmental process of a democracy with as much knowledge as possible".

The understanding of a democracy has to be newly acquired in each generation.

Political connections must be made clearly shown – especially to young people. That is the only way to motivate them to commit themselves and to take on responsibility. In short: democracy requires political education.

Besides this conviction effort for our democracy and the free, legal and social order, the fundamental principles and norms of our community have to also be ensured and firmly anchored in the conscience of all citizens. The fast paced and far reaching changes our country is currently facing increase the need for values, for reliable structures and comprehensible order. In other words: the increasing pressure on state and society, economy, science and technology to be innovative makes it even more necessary to remember our historical roots and our intellectual and cultural fundamentals.

Since its establishment on April 11, 1967, the Hanns Seidel Foundation has been practicing political education work with the aim of supporting "the democratic and civic education of the German people with a Christian basis" – as the foundation's statutes say. Hence, the political education work of the Hanns Seidel Foundation is based on a human ideal that includes both free personality development and autonomy as well as social responsibility and solidarity. Today, this mission is more important than ever, since requirements for more autonomy, a new "culture of independence" and an "active society of citizens" are increasingly evolving.