Is Europe failing?
Is Europe about to lose its unity? And what is the value of Europe? The Bulgarian intellectual Ivan Krastev, chairman of the Centre for Liberal Studies in Sofia, gave answers to these questions in his opening keynote at the Körber History Forum 2018 on May 28th in Berlin.
Flight and integration as challenges for Europe
How should Europe address the challenges of flight and integration against the background of its history of migration and integration? The historian Philipp Ther of the University of Vienna, the political anthropologist Esra Özyürek of the London School of Economics, the EU advocacy director of Human Rights Watch Lotte Leicht and the former Hungarian ambassador to Berlin Gergely Prőhle joined in this debate. Ansgar Graw, chief reporter of the German daily Die Welt, moderated the discussion.
A Cold War 2.0?
How can the experience of the Cold War help to overcome today’s confrontation between Russia and the West? Discussion participants were the Russian journalist and author Maxim Trudolyubov and the former Finnish ambassador to Berlin and Moscow, René Nyberg. Judy Dempsey, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe, moderated the discussion.
The legacy of the First World War for Europe today
How do different views of the First World War influence relations between the countries of Europe to this day? This question was discussed by the former Finnish Foreign Minister and chairman of “Historians Without Borders” Erkki Tuomioja, the sociologist Éva Kovács of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the historian Andrzej Nowak of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Joachim von Puttkamer, director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena. Winfried Sträter of Deutschlandfunk Kultur moderated.
Democracy and the promise of prosperity
What are the historic and current connections between capitalism, economic progress and social (in)equality? The discussion brought together the historian Sven Beckert of Harvard University, the author Mathias Greffrath, the business journalist Uwe Jean Heuser of the German weekly Die Zeit and the Swedish political adviser Per Molander. Ulrike Herrmann of the German daily Die Tageszeitung was the moderator.
Turkish Neo-Ottomanism and its consequences for Europe
What significance do the Ottoman Empire and its history have for Turkey today? This topic was discussed by the Turkish historians İlber Ortaylı and Abdulhamit Kırmızı, the director of the Middle East Centre at Oxford’s St. Antony’s College, Eugene Rogan, and the former Turkish politician and member of parliament Suat Kınıklıoğlu from the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm. Almut Wieland-Karimi, director of the Centre for International Peace Operations in Berlin, moderated.