Creative Instinct on ABC Radio National: Who is Germany? (Part 1)
This week, Creative Instinct begins a 3-part series that will look at aspects of a country that, once again, finds itself at a pivot point of history—Germany.
Germany is a relatively modern construct, but a lot has happened in its 140+ years. The 20th Century saw Germany play a central role in some of the most seismic global events. In recovery from both WWII and the Cold War, Germany somehow managed to reinvent itself as an economic powerhouse. And yet, once again, events have conspired to give Germany a decisive part in a global drama.
Economic commentators and political pundits tie themselves in knots trying to figure out the future of European economies, but understanding some of the underlying elements of German modern identity may help us to better interpret how events in Europe will unfold.
In today's program we hear from some keen socio-political observers, who have thought much about the question of 'Who is Germany?'
As part of the intensive series of interviews conducted recently in Germany, the EU Centre's media colleague and cultural associate Michael Shirrefs, producer of the ABC Radio National programme Creative Instinct, interviewed Michel-Eric Dufeil (Head, German & Netherlands Desk of the D-G for Regional Policy in the European Commission) and Dr Lars Klein, (previous visitor to the Centre and Senior Lecturer with the Euroculture Programme, University of Gottingen).
To listen to Part 1 of the series, please click here.
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