Oben und Unten. Decline, poverty, foreigners – what is splitting Germany

15 May 2019, 19:00
Jakob Augstein and Nikolaus Blome
As part of the series "Zur Sache..." – Authors in the Staatsbibliothek

Jakob Augstein and Nikolaus Blome | © Benjamin Zibner

Jakob Augstein and Nikolaus Blome | © Benjamin Zibner

Series "Zur Sache..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

About the event

"Top and bottom" has become a more complex issue today than the dispute about Hartz IV benefits, low wages or the taxation of property. For the first time in decades, those left behind and forgotten about are making themselves heard in earnest: those who merely feel this way and those for whom it is actually true. Their fears and their desires are about social justice, but, which is new, are also about national identity. The new question "Who belongs?" has become as important as the old question “Who has what means?” In this book, a debate is thus started which can no longer be negotiated clearly by taking "left-wing" or "right-wing" positions. Jakob Augstein and Nikolaus Blome conduct this debate in a tried and tested manner: provocative, controversial and always entertaining.

Personal data

Jakob Augstein studied German linguistics, dramatics and political science in Berlin and in Paris. After career stages at the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the ZEIT, he has been the publisher of the weekly journal Der Freitag since 2008.

Nikolaus Blome studied history, economics and political science in Bonn and in Paris. He was the deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper Die Welt and worked for BILD between 2006 and 2013 as the head of the newspaper’s office in Berlin and deputy editor-in-chief. After two years at the SPIEGEL, Blome returned to BILD as deputy editor-in-chief at the end of 2015.

Jakob Augstein and Nikolaus Blome discuss a current topic every week in the TV show “Augstein und Blome” on Phoenix.

About the series

"Zur Sache..." / "To the point..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek, is a series of events jointly organised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the C.H.Beck publishing house, the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (DVA), the publishing house Antje Kunstmann and the dtv publishing house, with the kind support of the Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the book trader Lehmkuhl.

Information overview

Date15 May 2019, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Fürstensaal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 58/ 68/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
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AdmissionAdmission is free.
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