INTELLIGENCE SQUARED: Germany is endangering european stability

Hertie School of Governance
Friedrichstraße 180 10117 Berlin
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Intelligence Squared, in collaboration with the European Council on Foreign Relations, is delighted to present this thought-provoking debate on Germany’s role in Europe on Thursday 22nd November at the Hertie School of Governance. Please join our expert panel of speakers, including representatives of the Five Star Movement, Fidesz and the ECFR, to hear views from across the continent – and have your say.

Germany is the heart of Europe. From trade to the Euro, from immigration to foreign policy – every European debate is ultimately a discussion of what Berlin does or does not want. The powerhouse of the Eurozone, it has taken a hands-on stance on the bloc’s economy, while continuing to defend the EU’s core values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Germany exhibited humanitarian leadership during the refugee crisis and has shown itself to be the only country capable of competently navigating Brexit negotiations, populist threats and belligerent authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe. Make no bones about it, Germany is indispensable to the maintenance of a peaceful, stable and outward looking Europe.

Or is it? Let’s get real. Germany has imposed back-breaking austerity across Southern Europe through undemocratic and unpopular measures that haven’t achieved their economic goals. German diktats issued during the refugee crisis and the challenges of integration have exacerbated cultural tensions across the continent, including within Germany itself. It dodges hard questions on defence and security issues and its own armed forces are in a shambles. What’s more, Germany is displaying little appetite for the reforms the EU so desperately needs in order to ensure its longer-term survival.

Is Germany really the bastion of European stability that it likes to portray or is it actually the source of European fracture? Hear the arguments from across the continent and have your say.


Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

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