Farewell RADIX – retirement of Michael Radix

20 years for CIVIS and 20 years for the International WDR Europa Forum


Michael Radix, Executive Director and Head of the CIVIS Media Foundation and of the International WDR Europa Forum, will officially retire on 13 March 2020.

ARD Chairman and Director-General of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Tom Buhrow and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Freudenberg Foundation Andreas Freudenberg jointly invite to a lunchtime reception at the Deutsche Parlamentarische Gesellschaft in Berlin.

Since 2003, Michael Radix, founding Executive Director of CIVIS Media Foundation for Integration and Cultural Diversity in Europe, fundamentally transformed the charitable organisation into Europe’s most prestigious media award for integration. Again and again, new award categories for AUDIO, VIDEO and CINEMA contributions were added, emphasising the dimension and social significance of the CIVIS Media Prize. Together with various partners from the media, politics and society, a successful and future-oriented European CIVIS network developed.

Today, the CIVIS Media Prize award ceremony has become an important industry event, offering the chance to get together with old friends and to meet new people. CIVIS receives much praise and great media attention. The prize is highly coveted.

The renowned CIVIS programme and media conferences have for many years been seen as a kind of seismograph, measuring social change and discussing important media-related and political challenges. The aim is to create a digital network and to develop a modern online platform for topics addressing integration, cultural diversity and democratic culture in Europe.

Michael Radix has been accompanying the discussions on the perspectives of European integration together with partners since 2000 – at more than twenty WDR Europa Forums. Questions debated included: What kind of Europe do we want? What should it look like? And how far do we want to go as a union?

Attendees of the WDR Europa Forum included the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, the German Federal President, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament, various European federal chancellors, prime ministers and minister-presidents, as well as members of the European Commission and a number of European ministers. The WDR Europa Forum has developed a tradition and become highly relevant with regard to European politics.

At the end of March 2020, Michael Radix will pass the baton on to his successor, Ferdos Forudastan.