2 at eight Berlin - The salon from Berlin with Wolfgang Merkel

Jakob Augstein in conversation with political scientist Wolfgang Merkel

Shutdown of a Chancellor - what will come after the Merkel era?

Unity and justice and freedom? - Controversy, corruption and lockdown describe the current state of the country more accurately. Germany is deep in crisis. Society and politics are broken. And with your absurd measures and decisions, the government seems to be providing a hammer and chisel instead of procuring the urgently needed putty or even stopping the demolition in good time. What's wrong with politics? Is the pandemic already shaking the festivals of democracy? Or is Angela Merkel simply running out of breath after 16 years? The political scientist and namesake of Chancellor Wolfgang Merkel has a clear opinion on this; “The last phases of government of the long-term rulers Adenauer, Kohl and Merkel turned out to be tenacious, lacking in ideas and weak in design. Time to change the Basic Law and limit the term of office to two terms. We shouldn't expect ourselves to be a chancellor for another 16 years. ”In his book“ Legitimitätsprobleme. On the state of democracy in Germany. ”The professor of political science intensively illuminates the fragile state of current democracy.

What will remain of the Merkel era? What will people remember 50 years from now? And how can democracy be consolidated again in the future? Friday publishers discussed this Jakob Augstein with Wolfgang Merkel at “2 at eight” in the Berlin Volksbühne.

Wolfgang Merkel, born in 1952, studied political science, history, sports and international relations in Heidelberg and Bologna. Wolfgang Merkel taught and researched at the universities in Bielefeld, Mainz, Heidelberg, Harvard, Madrid and Sydney. From 2004 to 2020 Wolfgang Merkel was director of the “Democracy and Democratization” department at the WZB and professor for political science at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. In 2020 he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Science (IWM) in Vienna and is currently building a Democracy Institute for the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

On Monday, April 26.04.2021th, 20 at 2 p.m. in the Green Salon of the Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 10178, XNUMX Berlin

Due to the precautionary measures of the Berlin Senate against the spread of the corona virus, the Volksbühne will not open its house to the public in April either. The salon will therefore not take place in the form of an event with an audience. Instead, we will show the discussion online on the Volksbühne website on the scheduled date.

Radioeins from the rbb will broadcast the conversation from 20.00 p.m. to 21.00 p.m. (95,8 MHz).

In the radioeins & Freitag Salon the journalist and publisher Jakob Augstein sits down with a guest at the table once a month and talks - about the political in culture, about society and its constraints, about the mechanisms of the public and lies, and about that Disappearance of democracy in capitalism. Radioeins broadcasts live. Here the excitement machine of the Internet falls silent. The radioeins & Freitag Salon is “unplugged”, as one would have said earlier. Real people talk about real topics and practice skills that are threatening to become scarce: take time, listen, understand, learn. The - unmatched - model of this current political discussion format are the legendary conversations of the journalist Günter Gaus, which were shown on television when it was still black and white.

Jakob Augstein has been the publisher and managing director of the weekly newspaper “der Freitag” since 2008. Born in Hamburg in 1967, he studied politics from 1989 to 1993 at the Free University of Berlin and at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris. For ten years he was a reporter for the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Berlin and the new federal states. From 2011 to 2018 he wrote the column "When in doubt left" on "Spiegel online". Since 2011 he has had a weekly exchange of blows on the political topic of the week with Nikolaus Blome, the former deputy editor-in-chief of the Bildzeitung, in the Phoenix program “Augstein and Blome”.