From Denial to Moral Leadership – Germany’s Remarkable 70-Year Journey

Germany is now the undisputed power centre of Europe. Its journey from defeat and denial at the end of the Second World War, through recrimination, rebellion, and reunification to the self-confident Germany that we see today has involved (and continues to involve) profound changes in the way the country perceives itself and the way it is perceived by others. Steve Crawshaw, author of Easier Fatherland: Germany and the 21st Century, will discuss the extraordinary changes that Germany has seen – and the implications of those changes for Europe today,  including in the context of the strong showing for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in recent elections.

Steve Crawshaw is senior advocacy adviser at Amnesty International, where his previous roles were as International Advocacy Director and Director of the Office of the Secretary General. From 2002 to 2010 he worked with Human Rights Watch as London Director and then as UN Advocacy Director. He studied Russian and German, and lived as a student in Berlin.  He was East Europe Editor of The Independent during the revolutions of 1989, including the fall of the Berlin Wall.  After reunification, he was The Independent’s Germany correspondent (1992-1995).  He co-presented the BBC television series Germany Inside Out (2002).  The German edition of his Easier Fatherland: Germany and the Twenty-First Century was shortlisted for Das politische Buch prize in 2005.  From 2015 to 2017 he was Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.  His Street Spirit: the Power of Protest and Mischief, foreword by Ai Weiwei, was published in 2017.

18.45 on Monday 4th December