German chancellors 1949 - 2021: headlines they faced. A selection of facts, news, events and rumours (Spring term) (POL 01)

  • Day and time: Thursday 10:45 - 12:15
  • Length of course: 1 term. Spring (10 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 16
  • Start date: 20 January 2022
  • Description:

    Since its founding in 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany has had only eight chancellors as head of government. In comparison, in the UK 16 Prime Ministers have held "Number 10" over the same period. Is this a pattern or coincidence? In 1949 Konrad Adenauer became the first chancellor after WWII. Seven other chancellors succeeded him in over 70 years of history of modern Germany. Each one faced very different challenges and situations. This course will explain the role of the chancellor within the political system of Germany and will mainly follow newspaper headlines to discover milestones as well as some trivia about their time in office. We will look into some details of their life and their achievements in general elections, too. This course cannot and will not deliver the history of Germany but will highlight - by the tutor selected - political and social events.

  • Format: Lecture

  • Tutor: Rolf Meyer
  • I'm a retired HR manager from Munich and have lived in the UK since 2010. I have always been interested in politics.

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