Helmut Kohl is one of the most erudite and broad-minded statesmen of our age. In addition to his lasting accomplishment in the newly achieved unity of Germany, he also did much towards the reunification of the divided Europe.
Helmut Kohl is one of the most erudite and broad-minded statesmen of our age. In addition to his lasting accomplishment in the newly achieved unity of Germany, he also did much towards the reunification of the divided Europe. Chancellor Kohl believed in the importance of preserving national identities from which the taste and cultural density of Europe come. He preserved his ties to the state of Rhineland-Palatinate while remaining German to the core, and he was German in a way that only a few Europeans may have been more European than he was.
Helmut Kohl turned 85 in April 2015. At our international conference organized to pay tribute to him, friends, companions along his career and historians appraised his political and human accomplishments, taking account of the key stages of his career. Helmut Kohl’s example, wisdom and his responsible politics that remained true to Christian and democratic values influence our present and future alike. His heritage is growing more and more dominant. This volume comprises the edited version of the speeches given at the conference held in June, 2015 in Budapest.
Kiadó: Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society
Language and Liberty
„Language: now, as always, it all started with language. The expropritation, the agressive seizure of language has swept us frighteningly far from reality. The crisis could not be more serious. Anyone trying to break free from the strangehold of half-truths and contrived thought experiments risks nothing less than expulsion from the „paradise” of lies. True, in a few decades from now – or a few centuries – such people could become icons; but the prisoners of the putrefying present are doing their utmost to mercilessly annihilate them here and now. With this volume Mária Schmidt is again taking a risk. According to her iroinic profession of faith, however, she has no choice: what is at stake is liberty."