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"Alte Säcke Politik" - Prize The political book 2017 goes to Wolfgang Gründinger

The social scientist, journalist and lobbyist Wolfgang Gründinger received this year's "The Political Book" award from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung for his book "Alte Säcke Politik. How we gamble away our future".

The prize, one of the most important non-fiction book prizes in the German-speaking world, is endowed with 10,000 euros. It will be presented on May 10, 2017 at a ceremony in Berlin.

The jury praised Gründinger's "Alte Säcke Politik" as an ingenious, controversial and brilliantly written contribution to the debate about a future-oriented, generational concept of society. In his polemic, he advocates a paradigm shift towards the concerns of future generations and examines wide areas in politics and society for their future viability: pensions, wages, digitization, education, the tax system. On the basis of concrete recommendations for action, he calls for greater consideration of young interests and makes suggestions as to how different values ​​and priorities of old and young can be reconciled. (Wolfgang Gründinger: Old sacks of politics. How we gamble away our future, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh / Munich 2016, 223 pages)

The "The Political Book" prize is awarded annually for an outstanding new publication that critically deals with current socio-political issues, provides trend-setting impulses for thought and debate and makes its content understandable to a broad audience. Previous winners include Swetlana Alexijewitch, Norberto Bobbio, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Václav Havel, Richard Sennett, Heinrich August Winkler, Colin Crouch and Thomas Piketty.

Information on the prize and further reading recommendations by the jury can be found at:

Contact: Alina Fuchs, managing director of the jury

030 26935-7327, Alina.Fuchs (at) fes.de