Bernhard Schlink

  • America, Europe, China
  • What is the future of democracy?
  • In dialogue

For Bernhard Schlink, the German lawyer, best-selling author and election campaigner for the American Democrats who lives in the US for several months a year, the reasons for Trump’s election were above all racism and sexism.

What other problems of internal renewal does President Biden face today
in the face of hardened political fronts, a two-class society, bad schools, overburdened benefit systems, and anti-democratic anachronisms of the Constitution?

In this conversation with Manfred Osten, one of the questions to be explored in light of the crumbling American democratic foundation is whether this is “the end of the West as we knew it.”

In other words, what future does the West have in the face of growing populism, nationalism and Islamism and the challenges posed by the economically and technologically rising but authoritarian world power China?

Moderation: Manfred Osten

Foto: Friederike Hentschel