Dusseldorf Are you in favor of adult vaccinations being compulsory in order to survive the fight against Corona? This is just one of the many questions that divides Germans in the pandemic. Other issues are also controversial: Should short-haul domestic flights be banned? Does gender bring more justice? Is it high time for a nationwide rent cap or not?
The debates are conducted on questions like these in families, among friends, in politics, in social media – and also in the case of “Germany speaks”. The aim of this dialogue format is to bring people with as different opinions as possible into conversation with one another.
In many of our articles you will find various questions that are controversial in Germany. If you answer the questions and then log in, a matching algorithm will match you as soon as possible with someone who thinks very differently about these questions. As soon as you have both agreed to the conversation, you can arrange a virtual one-on-one conversation on a video platform of your choice.
The Handelsblatt is participating for the first time in the project that “Zeit” launched four years ago. Initially with personal meetings in cafés or bars, last year for the first time as a virtual variant due to the corona. Further partners this year are the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Free Press, the Norddeutsche Rundfunk and the Stern. Around 23,500 people have registered since May and more than 6,000 discussions have taken place.
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In contrast to the four previous editions of “Germany speaks”, this year readers have the opportunity to have several discussions with different people. Especially when it comes to the general election, it can be exciting to talk to people about controversial topics.
We wish you a lot of fun – and exciting conversations.
Since 2017, more than 66,000 people have registered for “Germany speaks”. The idea for a “dating platform for political disputes” arose in the editorial team of “Zeit Online” before the 2017 federal election. In cooperation with media partners, this resulted in the international platform “My Country Talks”, which has already enabled citizens’ dialogues in 14 countries. More than 170,000 people worldwide have registered for a political one-on-one conversation via the platform.