Saturday Seminar – Angela Merkel: The Woman Who Remade German Politics

Tutor/Facilitator Joe Hajdu

Date: on/from Sat 19 Jun 2021 to Sat 19 Jun 2021
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-3:30

Delivered ZOOM

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Presenter: Dr Joe Hajdu, academic and author

Facilitator: Marcel Colman, Germanophile and U3APP Current Affairs tutor

This year Angela Merkel will have been the Chancellor (PM) of Germany for sixteen years. The longest period in power of any democratically elected leader in the world. She has managed this feat despite being a woman and having been originally a political novice. Her skilful leadership has changed many aspects of the German political landscape. She is essentially a pragmatist who has steered her political Party in directions some of its members and supporters have had difficulty accepting. At the same time, she has raised the image of Germany to one where it is seen as a model to be emulated by an increasing number of other countries. However, as Merkel’s Chancellorship draws to a close, challenges confront her and her Party that may tarnish her political legacy.

Dr. Joe Hajdu is a retired academic from Deakin University. He is a cultural geographer who  has long-term connections with Germany.  He was a post-graduate student at Bonn University, and at a later stage of his academic career taught at the University of Cologne.  In the last twenty years Joe has visited Germany nearly every year. He has conducted research in Germany and has been a very interested follower of German politics past and present.

In the last decade he has published two books about the history and culture of cities in Europe. In 2010 his book Berlin Today appeared. This was followed in 2015 by Budapest: A History of Grandeur and Catastrophe. His third book, Frankfurt: Where Germany meets the World, will appear later this year.

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This seminar is open to all U3A Port Phillip members and subscribers and to the general public.

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This is an online live seminar, presented as a webinar on Zoom.

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To watch the seminar, return to this page any time after 2:00pm on Saturday the 19th of June.  The link will be published then and you will be able to click on it to join the webinar from 2:20pm for a prompt 2:30pm start.

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