Willy Brandt: Ostpolitik of Understanding and Rapprochement
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
2013 marks the 100th birthday of Willy Brandt, who was Mayor of Berlin in 1963 when John F. Kennedy visited the then-divided city and legendarily expressed his solidarity with Berlin, declaring, "Ich bin ein Berliner." During his time as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (1969-1974), Willy Brandt spearheaded and shaped the policy of detente and reconciliation between the Federal Republic of Germany and Eastern Europe.
For his effort he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971. Brandt also molded the mission of the Goethe-Institut to help Germany build cultural partnerships and friendships worldwide. Brandt's political legacy is a policy that establishes peace through the practice of dialogue, cooperation and a focus on common interests.
5pm Screening of a Deutsche Welle film about Willy Brandt
5:30pm Discussion of Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik legacy and use of this lens to analyze current relations with Russia.
Hans-Ulrich Klose has been a member of the German Parliament since 1983 and has served as chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag for 10 years.
Matt Rojansky is Director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.
In cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation
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The Goethe-Institut Washington organizes and supports cultural events that present German culture abroad and that further intercultural exchange.