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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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The two-day talks of the Körber History Reflection Group in Minsk focused on the legacy of the two world wars in Eastern and Central Europe. In an interview, journalist Natalie Nougayrède talks about the threats to the European project and the instrumentalisation of history.

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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.

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For the first time the Körber History Reflection Group brings together 20 distinguished international experts to discuss in Minsk on 6 December issues related to the politics of memory. The issue of overcoming divisions that follow from conflicting views on history in Europe’s former ‘bloodlands’ will be at the heart of the confidential debates.

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On November 11th, Poland commemorated regaining its statehood 100 years ago. The central Independence Day march in Warsaw highlighted deep social and political divisions between the government and opposition, who took issue with the involvement of far-right nationalist groups. The historian Andrzej Nowak talks about this year’s celebrations.

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While the topics ranged from „flight and integration as challenges for Europe“ to „Russia and the West in the era of new armament“, the core question of this year’s Körber History Forum was whether Europe is breaking up. Ivan Krastev, chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, gave answers during his opening keynote.

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