DIW Berlin and The Economist | The new Germans | 12 April 2018

Jeremy Cliffe | Bureau Chief Berlin for The Economist

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 5.00 p.m.

DIW Berlin, Mohrenstraße 58, 10117 Berlin
Elinor Ostrom Hall, First Floor

Who and what is Germany in 2018? Among the things the country is known for are its consensus-based politics, its conservative social values, its egalitarian social-market economy, its collaborative and incrementalist firms and, on the international stage, its economic assertiveness combined with military reticence. Now, as Angela Merkel’s (probably) final term as chancellor gets going after an unprecedented five months of coalition talks, all of those familiar traits are under pressure or in flux.

The arrival of hundreds of thousands of immigrants is accelerating the transformation of a once comparatively homogeneous nation into an Einwanderungsland or “immigration country”. Politics is more heated and more fragmented than before. Debates rage about meaning of Heimat, or homeland, about who belongs and who does not. New social divides are opening up. Germany’s main industries, particularly the automotive sector, remain world-class but face an intense period of disruption. Meanwhile the refugee crisis and the recent elections of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron all, in different ways, challenge Berlin’s traditional foreign policy doctrines and demand more of the country on the world stage.

In a new Special Report for The Economist, Jeremy Cliffe documents “the new Germans”, a nation more open, plural and fragmented than before. The changes roiling Europe’s largest economy, he argues, will force it to question established habits.

Presentation:  Jeremy Cliffe | The Economist
Jeremy Cliffe is Berlin Bureau Chief for The Economist and covers Germany and its neighbourhood. He is the author of Kaffeeklatsch, The Economist’s blog on Germany, and commentates regularly on German and European affairs in the                 German and international media. Previously he wrote the weekly “Bagehot” column on Britain, covering the Brexit referendum among other events, and worked at the European Parliament in Brussels and the Economist Intelligence Unit in New         York. He studied at Oxford and Harvard universities. This summer he is moving to Brussels to take on Charlemagne, The Economist’s column on Europe.

Chair:         Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D.  |  DIW Berlin
Marcel Fratzscher is President of DIW Berlin, one of the leading economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe, and Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at         Humboldt-University Berlin. His prior professional                                 experience includes work as Head of the International Policy Analysis at the European Central Bank (ECB); the Peterson Institute for International Economics; the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia for the Harvard Institute for                         International Development (HIID); the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

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