Understanding the German mood and character

Now that I can podcast, I’m keen to post a wonderful 40 minute conversation about understanding the psyche, mood and character of the German people. It is the sole topic of a BBC Radio 4 Start the Week programme late last year.

Why am I interested in this topic. Primarily because it’s sensible that we, as a nation, understand German motives in Europe more clearly, since they are the ‘engine-room’ of Europe’s economy. Surrey Heath Council has an active town twinning relationship with the German town Bietigheim-Bissingen, near Stuttgart. Also, and not least, because here in Surrey Heath, at Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College we have a centre of excellence in German language teaching. The school is a member of a prestigious group of schools recognised by the Goethe-Institut.

Back to the podcast, Andrew Marr discusses Germany and the EU with Katinka Barysch – Deputy Director of Centre for European Reform in London, Bavarian born Labour MP Gisela Stuart, Conservative MP Douglas Carswell, and Bavarian born Karen Leeder – Professor of Modern German Literature at Oxford University.

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