Spots #2

Posted by John Rosenthal

A Roundup of Notable Quotes and Curious Sightings from (roughly) the last week in Europe.   The Return of “German Science”?   The Süddeutsche Zeitung of August 22 reports on an appeal by 40 German researchers and scientists to (as the Süddeutsche puts it) “resist the dominance of English”:  In a collective statement, some 40 [...]

Welcome to the New Transatlantic Intelligencer

Posted by John Rosenthal

Welcome to the new Transatlantic Intelligencer, currently under construction. The new Transatlantic Intelligencer is the successor to the Transatlantic Intelligencer or "trans-int" blog. The new site will, of course, still include the blog and the more-or-less real time coverage and analysis of European and Transatlantic developments for which it has become known. But it will [...]

Spots

Posted by John Rosenthal

A Round-Up of Notable Quotes and Curious Sightings from the Last Two Weeks in Europe. The Savior    Bill Clinton interviewed in the August 10 edition of Le Monde:       Question: The image of the United States has greatly deteriorated in the last few years, particularly in the Muslim world. This fuels terrorism and the fears of a [...]

Reading Notes: Jeremy Rabkin’s “Law Without Nations?”

Posted by John Rosenthal

In the introduction to his new book Law Without Nations? Why Constitutional Government Requires Sovereign States, Jeremy Rabkin describes the aim of his volume as follows: “to explain why American constitutional traditions make it hard for the United States to embrace schemes of global governance which find so much favor in other countries, particularly in [...]

Who are You Calling “Pro-Palestinian”?

Posted by John Rosenthal

(Note: For background, see "Franco-Israeli Détente?".) Le Monde devoted the editorial in its weekend edition (dated 31 July-1 August) to Ariel Sharon’s visit to Paris and, like myself or Emmanuel of Politique arabe de la France, attempted to decipher the reasons for the apparent softening of the French line toward Israel. According to the editors [...]

Franco-Israeli Détente?: Emmanuel Responds

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Thursday, in "Franco-Israeli Détente?", I wrote on Ariel Sharon’s visit to Paris and took issue with the relatively optimistic prognosis for Franco-Israeli relations of one of the web’s sharpest observers of French Middle East policy, Emmanuel of the French-language blog Politique arabe de la France. Emmanuel’s response follows: