Jutta Allmendinger

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A protester shouts slogans during a demonstration in Berlin organized by the right-wing Alternative for Germany party. May 27, 2018. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

German citizens are increasingly alienated from each other, with a large gap between how people view themselves and their beliefs about others’ opinions. A research project I led found that while 80 percent of respondents viewed solidarity and compassion for their fellow man to be important, only 10 percent thought that others felt the same way. Similar disconnects occurred over family values, employment and sense of community. Put simply, even though a vast majority of German society shares similar values, people seem to assume they are more or less alone in their views.

What happened? How did Germans lose their belief in shared values within their society, an essential element of any democratic society?…  Seguir leyendo »