Brief outline


Founding of the European Movement Youth Office, with the aim of encouraging young people throughout the continent to help construct a democratic and peaceful Europe. National offices were founded in all democratic states in Western Europe. The German office was headed by Berthold Finkelstein. 1951 is regarded as the founding year of the Gustav Stresemann Institute.


The GSI moved into its own building in Bergisch Gladbach – House Lerbach – with conference rooms and hotel rooms for guests staying overnight. Over the coming years, the facility expanded. Known as the “Lerbach European Academy”, it gained itself a reputation for being a leading educational centre in Germany.

1987 to 2014

The GSI in Bonn grew to be a number one venue for political education (European Conference & Training Centre in Bonn) and an accredited conference centre with hotel (3-star superior). During this time, the institute was headed by retired secretary of state Dr Klaus Dieter Leister. Managing director was Ursula Meister.

(Kopie 1)

2018 / 2019

Reactivation of the GSI - Gustav Stresemann Foundation. Constitution of the foundation council in Berlin under the members Martin Schulz, former president of the European Parliament, Eberhard Diepgen, former governing mayor of Berlin and Dr. Christina Stresemann (Chair), judge at the BGH in Karlsruhe and granddaughter of Gustav Stresemann.

(Kopie 2)

2019 / 2020

Dr. Ansgar Burghof will leave the GSI in 2019. Dr. h.c. Erik Bettermann takes over the management. In 2020 Wilfried Klein will become managing director and head of the GSI. Carsten Dryden becomes director for the guest conference area, hotel and catering.