At the start of Germany’s presidency over the EU Council during a time of exceptional challenges, Körber-Stiftung hosted award-winning historian Philipp Ther for an online debate on the past and current state of the Union.
On the eve of Germany assuming the presidency of the EU Council and Brexit negotiations entering their conclusive phase, Körber-Stiftung invited experts from throughout the continent to join in a History and Politics Dialogue with social and political researcher Sophia Gaston, director of the British Foreign Policy Group, and historian Helene von Bismarck.
From post-Cold War to post-Corona, the online dialogue format focused on the question of strategic preparedness for great power rivalry in historic perspective. Thomas G. Mahnken, the president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington DC, outlined how recent US administrations have perceived and reacted to rivalry between the United States, Russia and China.
On 11 May 2020, the History & Politics Dialogue of Körber-Stiftung hosted eminent Russian historian and expert on imperial and World War history Alexander Semyonov. Moderated by Gabriele Woidelko, head of the History & Politics Department, the Director of the Centre for Historical Research at the prestigious Higher School of Economics gave insight into most recent commemorative developments concerning World War Two in Russia, with a particular focus on how these were affected by the ongoing Corona pandemic. Also, he commented on current historiographic shifts in the research and interpretation of this most costly of conflicts on human record.
The first event in the series "History and Politics Dialogue" was a digital round table discussion with the British economic historian Adam Tooze. Against the background of the Corona crisis, Tooze took a look at postponed decisions, dangers for world trade and Europe's position in the world.
From 10 to 13 October 2019, the Körber History Reflection Group met in Lviv, Ukraine, in order to continue its interdisciplinary and transnational dialogue on the legacy of the World War era in Eastern and Central Europe.
Old myths and new propaganda, strong leaders and weak peace agreements, dangers for democracy and Europe's crises: there was much to discuss at the fourth Körber History Forum in Berlin. For two days, more than 200 scientists, politicians, journalists and intellectuals contentiously debated the past and occasionally looked cautiously to the future.
On 13 May, members of the Körber History Reflection Group from 10 European countries discussed the current legacy of the Hitler-Stalin pact with representatives of the Office of the Federal President. Key question of the debate was how, today, 80 years after the onset of the Second World War, this could and should best be internationally remembered.
In 1989 the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama proclaimed the “end of history”, alluding to the long-term self-assertion of a liberal democratic order following the collapse of communist rule in Eastern Europe. At the KörberForum in Hamburg, Fukuyama talked about how identity politics are threatening democracies today.
The Körber History Reflection Group brought together 21 high-ranking experts and representatives from 11 European countries for its inaugural meeting in Minsk, Belarus, from 6 to 8 December. The Meeting highlighted the seminal importance of the world war era for the formation of Central Eastern Europe’s societies and memory.