Crisis Talk on 18 November 2020

Livestream provided by Hessen in Berlin und Europe

As an event of the relatively recent past, the reunification of Germany has not only shaped German history but has also left an indelible mark upon European history as a milestone and engine room of European integration. How does German and European unity look 30 years after reunification? How does the reunified Germany see its role in a time of interconnected crises affecting multilateralism, economic and social systems during the pandemic, migration, climate change, and the challenges of digitalisation? How strong is European cohesion? The current crises challenge and demand the values of an open, democratic Europe in mutual solidarity. This Crisis Talk will discuss the impact of the reunification on Europe 30 years on, and ask how the reunified Germany can also help it overcome the current crises.


Lucia Puttrich
Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the State of Hessen

Prof Dr Nicole Deitelhoff
Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Speaker Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World”


Roland Jahn
Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records(BStU)

Panel discussion

Roland Jahn

Prof. Dr. Andreas Wirsching
Director of the Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin

Prof Dr Danuta Hübner
Member of the European Parliament


Ralph Sina
Head of WDR/NDR-Radiostudio Brussels

The "Crisis Talks" lunchtime debate series, organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalized World", addresses how the European Union deals with crises and what we have learned from previous crisis situations. The "Crisis Talks" lunchtime debate series is organised since Juni 2015 by the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalized World" in the representation of the State of Hessen to the EU in Brussels.