Who are the Germans?

Preface by Volker Schlöndorff

Jean-Louis de la Vaissière

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Here is the current, captivating and uncompromising portrait of a great country and its people. First of the European class, polite, hard-working and rarely found at fault, Germany, 20 years after Reunification, tasted at leisure its growth hitherto well controlled: culture, abundance, perfected social system. But something in German identity has recently strained. The crisis, its geopolitical positions, European failures have shaken it up. Although the world's fourth power, the country sometimes finds it hard to cope with the failures of its social cohesion, the difficulties in integrating new immigration flows, its role as a docile European giant. For the population, which no longer intends to flagellate because of a too heavy past, it is time for ruptures and self-affirmation. But who, exactly, are these Germans?
The author

Jean-Louis de la Vaissière has been a journalist with AFP since 1976. A permanent correspondent in Germany from 1985 to 1990, he later became chief editor at the AFP office in Berlin for five years. He was the privileged witness of the evolutions of Germany, in the 80s in Bonn, under the Kohl era, after the fall of the Wall in 1989/90, then in the reunified capital between 2003 and 2008. Volker Schlöndorff, filmmaker , notably directed Katharina Blum's Lost Honor and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for his adaptation of Günter Grass's novel, The Drum.

382 pages | ISBN: 9782315001415