MatchPoints 2020 will treat the Danish-German relationship in its European context. 2020 is an important year in that respect. It marks the 100th anniversary of the unification of Sønderjylland (Northern Schleswig) with Denmark; it is the 75th anniversary of the end of German occupation of Denmark in World War II; it is the 65th anniversary of the so-called Copenhagen-Bonn Agreements regulating the minority issues in the Danish-German Borderland, and finally it is also the 30th anniversary of the East-West German unification of 1990. As indicated by these anniversaries, Danish-German relations have never been a purely bilateral affair, but have been shaped by broader European and international currents and impulses. The seminar seeks to integrate our understanding of the developments, the conflicts and the cooperation that characterises the Danish-German relationship within such a broader context. The seminar also emphasises the vital importance for both countries of collaboration with other European countries in shaping a common European future.

Organisers of MatchPoints Seminar 2020

Professor Thorsten Borring Olesen is Chair and Coordinator of the MatchPoints Seminar 2020. The Seminar has further set up an organising committee consisting of members from both within and outside Aarhus University. Click here to see a full list of members in the steering committee.


The seminar is financed by Aarhus University and the City of Aarhus with additional generous contributions from the Goethe Institute, the German Embassy in Denmark and Jyllands-Postens Foundation.