We are – or were – the people: Germany 20 years after the Wall came down

Saturday 28 November, 4.00pm until 6.00pm, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

Venue: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Domstraße 10, D-60311, Frankfurt

Tickets: NB. This event is invitation ONLY. Please email info@novo-argumente.com.


With the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, hope, courage and the sheer conviction that things could not carry on as they were triumphed over the repressive GDR state machine and ended the partition of Germany. With tremendous tenacity, people in Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin and then in virtually every town of Eastern Germany rose up and transformed Europe, helping to end the Cold War, with repercussions for the whole world. But did 1989 represent the resurgence of democracy that everyone hoped for?

Twenty years on, those events seem a distant memory. A kind of ‘unity blues’ appears to have taken hold of Germany. There is talk of a new ‘mental wall’ between people in the west and the east, where the economy remains fragile, with high unemployment and massive emigration alongside a few promising pockets of growth. At Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art (MMK), NovoArgumente is hosting a discussion about the legacy of 1989, about the causes of and possible answers to the current impasse in the unified Germany and beyond.

The event will be attended by Alex Hochuli, a guest representative from the Battle of Ideas Organising Committee.

Speakers
Axel Brüggemann
writer and journalist; media consultant, (www.myoperatext.com); author, Wir holen uns die Politik zurück [Bringing politics back home]

Stefan Dietrich
politics editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Dr Rainer Land
founder, Thuenen-Institut for Regional Development; former chief editor, Berliner Debatte Initial

Sabine Reul
translator, Textbüro Reul GmbH

Chair:
Thomas Deichmann
editor, NovoArgumente; author, Die Steinzeit steckt uns in den Knochen: gesundheit als erbe der evolution


Produced by
Sabine Reul translator, Textbüro Reul GmbH
Thomas Deichmann editor, NovoArgumente; author, Die Steinzeit steckt uns in den Knochen: gesundheit als erbe der evolution
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