Talking Culture #1: "Why the Germans do it Better"
The Germans do it better, claims author and broadcaster John Kampfner. According to him, Germany confronts the challenges of the contemporary world more effectively than others - unlike ‘Brexit Britain’ and Trump’s America. In the first episode, we are presenting a lecture by Kampfner who focused on his forthcoming book provocatively titled Why the Germans Do It Better. Lessons from a Grown Up Country. The event took place on 4 December 2019.
His previous five books include the best-selling Blair’s Wars (2003) and Freedom For Sale (2009), which was short-listed for the Orwell Prize. Kampfner is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and adviser to the Frankfurt Book Fair. He presents the podcast series Pale, Male and Stale with the comedian Shazia Mirza which looks at politics and identity.
His forthcoming book is provocatively titled Why the Germans Do It Better. Lessons from a Grown Up Country (to be published in July 2020). When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, John Kampfner was working as the East Berlin correspondent of the Telegraph. Thirty years later, he finds a country transformed. Germany, for sure, faces problems: the social effects of the refugee influx, the rise of the AfD, a slowing economy, an ageing population, worsening infrastructure and a continued timidity in foreign affairs. Yet Kampfner juxtaposes contemporary Germany with the mayhem of 'Brexit Britain' and Trump's America and argues that its political maturity enables it to confront the challenges of the contemporary world better than others.