The New Right in a Changing Germany

Event date
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:00 - 14:00
Alternative for Germany leader Frauke Petry. By Harald Bischoff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Germany's historic narrative is losing power. Its emotional force is fading as the last contemporary witnesses are passing away, and it is challenged by the new far right advocating a new nationalism. The Germany of the 20th century has been forgotten by the selfie generation posing for Instagram at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, and it is hard to convey to the growing immigrant population.

After Auschwitz, humility should have been forever engrained into Germany’s national self-understanding. Yet this narrative is losing force at a time when a crisis-haunted Europe and a changing world order are pushing the reluctant German nation towards center stage. Will Germany redefine its self-understanding? How can it do so without succumbing to the lure of the new right’s new nationalism? And how will this affect the transatlantic relationship? Anna Sauerbrey, head of the opinion pages at the Berlin daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, discussed these questions in a lunch talk moderated by Transatlantic Academy Fellow Yascha Mounk, on Thursday, February 23, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.