ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
Hamburg’s liberal spirit and Gerd Bucerius’ open-minded way of thinking are the two sources of inspiration that have made the ZEIT-Stifung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius what it is today. Next to its flagship institutions Bucerius Law School and Bucerius Kunst Forum and engagements in educational and cultural projects, the foundation promotes innovative research through scholarships and the facilitation of inter-disciplinary and intercultural exchange. Convinced that the representation of scientific perspectives in public discourse is vital for democratic decision-making, the ZEIT-Stiftung seeks to strengthen quality journalism and a free media landscape across Europe.
The ‘great democratic revolution’ of modern times, as Tocqueville once called it, appears to be spluttering to a halt. Some observers, recalling the disasters of the 1920s and 30s, are suggesting that an anti-democratic counterrevolution on a global scale has begun. But is the writing really on the wall? Or does declinism prevent us from recognizing moments of democratic renewal?
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine poses the greatest challenge to Europe’s self-understanding since World War II. Contributors to the new series ‘Lessons of war’ take on this challenge and reflect on the possibility of a ‘Rebirth of Europe’.