Elmar Theveßen: Place the focus on the people

Elmar Theveßen, bureau chief of ZDF’s Washington, D.C. studio, expert on international security and terrorism at ZDF and participant of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, on this year’s topic:

“Liberal democracy is under attack – from the outside and from within. The coronavirus crisis has revealed bitter truths that we have been ignoring for far too long.

It is only an honest analysis of the challenges and threats, and a willingness to find new responses and develop new concepts to overcome them, that will enable our value system to be asserted once again and ensure its survival in the face of authoritarianism. This process should place the focus on people. As Theodor Fontane once said: “We should love everything that’s old, as far as it has a claim to our respect, but it’s for the new that we should really and truly live.”