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 AsgeirssonE@humanrightsfirst.org.