Vorträge
Tuesday, 8th November 2022, 6.30 pm

Professor Herfried Münkler

Awakening to Reality. Germany in Europe

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Awakening to Reality. Germany in Europe

Erwachen in der Wirklichkeit. Deutschland in Europa

Special event in cooperation with the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (Zurich Central Library): “Willy Bretscher Lecture”

 

The postwar European consensus rested on the fact that the Germans, readmitted to the community of nations, were allowed to build up economic power but had to impose restrictions on themselves in terms of military power, including the integration of combat units into NATO. That is currently changing, essentially spurred on by Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Together with the emerging transformation of the EU from a rule-governing actor into a political actor, this will lead to a change in the balance of influence and power in the EU that will change the political face of Europe in the long term. This development will not be universally applauded and will therefore have to be handled with great caution.

Professor Herfried Münkler

German political scientist

Herfried Münkler held the chair of Theory of Politics at the Humboldt University in Berlin from April 1992 to September 2018. He has been a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 1993. His research interests include political theory and the history of ideas, political culture research, the theory and history of war, and risk and security as sociopolitical categories. In 2009, he received the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for his book "The Germans and Their Myths." His work "The Thirty Years' War" attracted great interest in the media and the public. In 2019, together with his wife, he published the book "Abschied vom Abstieg." 2021 saw the publication of the book „Marx, Wagner, Nietzsche. Welt im Umbruch“ (Marx, Wagner, Nietzsche. World in upheaval).