Körber History Forum
  • Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer held the opening speech (Photo: David Ausserhofer)
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    Looking to the past to resolve the conflicts of the present

    This year’s Körber History Forum focused on the political dimension of history and the role it can play in explaining the present. The speakers included Pierre Moscovici, Christoph Heusgen, Karen Donfried, Adam Roberts, Harald Welzer, and Nina Krushcheva.

    Whoever defines history holds power. In keeping with this principle, opposing parties are employing particular interpretations of history as a weapon in conflicts throughout the world. As such, it is essential to discuss the political dimensions of history at the international level. In this context, around 200 experts and visionaries from science, politics and public life from Germany and other European countries will be debating possible strategies at the 2nd Körber History Forum between 16 and 17 June at Humboldt Carré in Berlin.

    Is the West as we know it coming to an end? Joschka Fischer, the former Vice-Chancellor and German Foreign Minister set out his position on this issue in his keynote speech right at the start of the two-day event: “The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has probably sealed its fate: we can now bid farewell to the ‘West’ as we know it.”

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