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Germany Conflicted: The Struggle Between Xenophobia and Tolerance

February 7, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

As Germany faces important national elections this year, it is at a tipping point. The country has struggled to deal with an influx of refugees, extremism, and the rise of hate speech online. Germany is a close ally of the United States in Europe; the new Trump Administration and U.S. lawmakers should be prioritizing joint strategies to confront these challenges on both continents. Human Rights First invites you to a discussion on challenges and opportunities for Germany and the transatlantic alliance in the lead up to the February presidential election and the September national elections. 


Event: A Conflicted Germany

The Struggle Between Xenophobia and Tolerance

Opening Remarks By:

Rob Berschinski: Senior Vice President, Policy, Human Rights First

Dr. Mischa Thompson: Policy Advisor, Helsinki Commission


Susan Corke: Director, Antisemitism and Extremism, Human Rights First

Klaus Wahl: Lecturer and Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of Munich

Yascha Mounk: Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Stacy Burdett: Vice President, Government Relations, Advocacy & Community Engagement, Anti-Defamation League


Please join our expert panel February 7, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Russell Senate Office Building Room 485 to discuss how government leaders, tech, the private sector, and civil society in the United States can work with their German counterparts to uphold democratic principles and ensure these societies are safe and secure for all. The discussion comes as Human Rights First launches a major report examining antisemitism, xenophobia and extremism in Germany. With the new Trump Administration and upcoming elections across Europe, 2017 is sure to be a critical year that tests the transatlantic alliance and emerging threats to democratic norms.

Germany and the United States have much in common on these issues. A strong U.S.-German relationship is essential for security in the region, and a commitment to human rights and tolerance must remain the bedrock of this relationship. 


Germany Conflicted: The Struggle Between Xenophobia and Tolerance

Tuesday February 7, 2017

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Russell Senate Building, Room 485; 2 Constitution Ave NE; Washington, D.C.


 Light refreshments to be served 


For questions contact Erika Asgeirsson at [email protected].