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August 14: Fear of the future, disappointed by democracy

2019-08-14T04:04:44.890Z

The majority of Germans are dissatisfied with democracy. Why is that? And what can you do about it? And: are the recovery claims of the Hohenzollern justified?



Democracy celebrates its 70th birthday this year in Germany - but the majority of Germans are not satisfied with it. Trust in political parties, the Federal Government and the media has also fallen dramatically, as emerges from a study by scientists at the University of Bonn on behalf of the SPD-affiliated Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Especially in East Germany, there is great sadness about how democracy works. Why is that? And is it true that parts of the East Germans have not arrived in liberal democracy, as study author Frank Decker says? Do the findings mean that the Germans reject democracy as a democracy? And how could politics regain confidence and strengthen democracy? This is discussed by moderator Rita Lauter with the political scientist Frank Decker.

The German noble family Hohenzollern - the heirs of the last German Emperor Wilhelm II., - wants to return to their former castles. After the Second World War, the Soviet occupying forces expropriated the family. For years, there are now negotiations between the federal government, the state of Brandenburg and the aristocratic family. Head of the family Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia demands a right to live in Potsdam's Cecilienhof Castle and thousands of works of art. The negotiations became public recently - probably, because the state of Brandenburg burst in the face of immense demands of the collar. With an online petition, the Left is now against the restitution requirements: For "Nazi henchmen" come compensation is out of the question. What is true about these allegations - and how legitimate and realistic are the demands of the aristocratic family in general, explains Ijoma Mangold, cultural correspondent of the ZEIT.

And otherwise? A woman from Berlin was undercover with the police.

Collaboration: Katharina Heflik, Mathias Peer
Moderation: Rita Lauter

All episodes of our podcast can be found here. You can reach us via mail at wasjetzt@zeit.de.

Source: zeit

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