Abstract: The speaker will talk about how Germany has changed in the last 25 years since unification and about how Germany’s pre-1945 history is relevant to the current situation in Europe. Although many perceive a “German Europe” emerging from the euro crisis, in his view Germany is not, and cannot be, a European hegemon. Rather, it has reverted to something like its position of “semi-hegemony” between 1871 and 1945 – except this time in a geo-economic rather than a geopolitical form. Finally, he will discuss what Germany’s new role in Europe means for relations with the United States and the future of the transatlantic relationship.
There is no charge for ACG members; there will be a charge of $10 for non-members to attend this event.