Georg Diez

Georg Diez works for Der Spiegel. His most recent book was an analysis of the rightward shift in German society in the last ten years called Das andere Land. In 2016, he was a Nieman fellow at Harvard. He lives in Berlin.

 

Recent Articles

The Migration Crisis and the Future of Europe

The identity crisis imperiling the continent isn’t one of race and religion. It’s one of Europe’s willingness to preserve and expand its liberal values.

This article appears in the Spring 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . It was a friend of mine, an older German woman who fled the Nazis and has lived in the United States since the late 1930s, who said the one sentence that summed it all up. Not a lot of people caught the full gravity of the situation then, in the fall of 2015, when the number of refugees arriving in Europe increased dramatically—and with it the pressure on governments and societies to react. The refugees came mainly from war-torn Syria, from Iraq and Afghanistan, heading to Austria, to Germany, to Sweden, traveling up from Greece and through the Balkans—long lines of people, a steady presence on the evening news. “This,” my friend said, “changes everything, doesn’t it.” And, depending on how you would define both change and everything, it did. The so-called European refugee crisis exploded into public consciousness in 2015. The unrest that followed...