One of Germany’s most respected historians has warned from letting separatist movements become more powerful. Speaking on such groups’ popularity boost in various regions across Europe, Heinrich August Winkler said: “If these movements succeed it would mean the end of our vision of a united Europe.” In an interview with Südwest Presse, the 80-year-old retired university professor who lectured in Freiburg and Berlin argued: “These movements are preferably established in rather wealthy areas. They consider it a disgrace to support disadvantaged regions and call on the European Union to take responsibility. It would harm us all if we don’t speak up against their agenda.” A collection of articles and essays by Winkler which were published between 1990 and 2015 is out now. C.H. Beck presents “Zerreißproben. Deutschland, Europa und der Westen”, a 230-page selection of texts printed by Tagesspiegel, Die Zeit and other newspapers and magazines.
Zerreißproben. Deutschland, Europa und der Westen
By Heinrich August Winkler
Published by C.H. Beck (www.beck.de)