Professor Edouard Husson participates to the Worldwide Week at Harvard University.
On October 26, 2017, Professor Edouard Husson, Historian, Vice-President of Paris Sciences & Lettres University (PSL Research University) will give a lecture at Harvard University on "There Is No Alternative": Was the rise of populism in Germany favored by Angela Merkel’s favorite formula?
During the Worldwide Week at Harvard,
on October 26, 2017
from 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM
Professor Edouard Husson, Historian, Vice-President of Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL) Research University Paris, will give a lecture titled:
"There Is No Alternative": Was the rise of populism in Germany favored by Angela Merkel’s favorite formula?
Location: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, Fifth Floor of the Taubman Building, NYE B, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA.
About the lecture:
"The late Bavarian Prime Minister, Franz Josef Strauss had declared at the end of the 1970s that Germany could not afford to have a political force at the right of the Conservative movement he was leading. Forty years later, this rule has been broken and a populist, anti-Muslim, anti-Euro, pro-Russian party will have more than 80 seats in the next German parliament. There is no German exception in Europe - in spite of history. While analyzing the factors that made September 24th’s result possible, Prof. Edouard Husson, a French scholar on Modern Germany, wants to raise a more general question concerning the recent surge of populism throughout the Western world.
Germany’s populist party is called “Alternative for Germany”, a name challenging Angela Merkel’s favorite formula: “There Is No Alternative”. Maybe recent German political debates are making obvious what is the main challenge ahead of Europe: bringing back a culture of debating and a set of alternatives within the political leadership of every country.
Democracy was forged in the 19th and 20th centuries through constant choices between different political options as much as a result of consensus. The extraordinary success of the German democracy after WW2 is due to the intensity of political disputes between the Founding Fathers of the Republic - which did not prevent them from reaching solid agreements based on sound compromises at the end.
Germany’s current political situation brings back the question: is "TINA" a dangerous or even a lethal formula for democracy? Does populism thrive as soon as political elites neglect the virtues of democratic debate? "
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