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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.

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30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, past power struggles are returning to international politics. What can the history of European reunification teach us about current challenges of European security policy? Historian Mary Elise Sarotte illustrated this during her keynote, which opened this year’s Körber History Forum on May 13.

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What drives current politics? Principles of democratic rule are being challenged, and authoritarian leadership styles are gaining greater attention. Körber History Forum speaker and Oxford historian Archie Brown explains why “strong leaders” are a myth and why simple answers are misleading politics.

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Fifteen years ago, the former Soviet Republics Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the European Union. How can the most recent development of the Baltics be characterised and what significance does the region have for the European Union? The Estonian-Canadian political scientist Andres Kasekamp explains.

 

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The power of manipulation and dealing with propaganda and ‘fake news‘ in past and present will be one of the topics of this year’s Körber History Forum. Panellist and historian Jo Fox shared her insight into current challenges.

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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. On March 5 Fukuyama talked about how identity politics are threatening democracies today at the KörberForum in Hamburg.

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