23rd Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers
Morning Panel Discussion: Europe‘s Responsibility – Democracies between Rule of Law and Populism
1. In your opinion, what aspects of collective life (economy, politics, society) are affected the most by a lack of taking on responsibility?
In my opinion it is, or was, not only society but also elements of the press that most clearly show a lack of will to take on responsibility. In recent years, I think, the German press community has failed to recognise the danger of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s influence on the German-Turkish parallel society in Germany early enough, and hence has not fulfilled its ‘watchdog function’. In this way it has helped the German-Turkish parallel society, which is essentially anti-democratic, to grow in size.
2. Do you see a continuing trend that democratic majorities increasingly often vote against our values of a tolerant society? If so, how does one respond to it?
I believe and hope that the discontent with democracy is a temporary trend that has already passed its peak. This however depends on the start of a genuine, honest dialogue to be conducted in politics and in society about the Muslim world in Germany and Europe.