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The German Reunification 30 years ago officially ended the Cold War and paved the way to a new chapter of transatlantic relations. For middle powers such as Canada, Germany has become an important economic partner both unilaterally and within an increasingly powerful European Union. In the 21st, Germany and Canada also have a shared commitment to bolstering multilateralism and the rules-based international order. What is the significance of the German Reunification for Canadians? What can the German post-1990 society learn from Canada? How do Canadian view contemporary German society?
The module first discusses the importance of unified Germany within the contemporary world order from a Canadian perspective. Second, the model will introduce basic features of the Canadian societal, economic, and cultural system such as the handling of the multicultural society and the immigration law that could be relevant for the development of Germany. Third, participants discuss in multilateral working groups selected fields of German and Canadian cooperation and how these fields of cooperation could be enhanced. Fourth and finally, we will discuss the importance of increased German and Canadian cooperation in light of the global spread of populism and the increasing unpredictability of the United States of America.
Canada and Germany: Interactions from Cold war to Reunification
About the lecturer
Prof. Daniel Stockemer is working as a full professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Ottawa and has been working at said university since 2010. He studied Political Science at the University of Connecticut and the University of Mannheim. He received his Ph.D. in 2010 in Connecticut and started working at the University of Ottawa in the department of Comparative Politics. He is working and researching in the fields of comparative politics, political behavior, populism and political representation and participation, right-wing extremism in Europe, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.