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Posted by John Rosenthal

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Comédie Française (Imad Lahoud and the “Clearstream Affair”)

Posted by John Rosenthal

The weekend edition (20/21 May) of the French daily Le Figaro contains an interview with Imad Lahoud, alleged to be one of the key players in the so-called “Clearstream affair”. Lahoud worked as an IT specialist at EADS: the “European” aeronautics and armaments firm. As judged by both its ownership and management structures, EADS is [...]

After the “Truce”: A Basque Story

Posted by John Rosenthal

Paul Ingendaay, writing in Wednesday’s edition (17 May) of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, is skeptical about the meaning of the "truce" declared in March by the Basque nationalist terror organization ETA. He is convinced, moreover, that if it is truly to be the prelude to a lasting peace, it is the families of the victims [...]

“Integration”, German-Style

Posted by John Rosenthal

Yesterday’s edition (16 May) of the Süddeutsche Zeitung includes a glowing article on a German program to "promote integration" by offering state-sponsored lessons in Islam for "Muslims". The Süddeutsche means by this "Muslim" schoolchildren – whose religious faith is apparently supposed to be genetically encoded even before they have gone to school to learn about [...]

Pardon Our Appearance

Posted by John Rosenthal

We are currently engaged in some redesign of the home page and other pages. Please pardon the untidy appearance of the home page and some temporary inconsistencies between menus and sections headings and so on. The redesign should be completed shortly.

German Foreign Minister: We Decide What’s Democratic!

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an interview published today, Die Welt asked German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier whether increasing populism and nationalism in Latin America present a problem for continued cooperation between Europe and the region. The context for the question is this week’s EU-Latin America summit and, more specifically, the decision by Bolivian President Evo Morales to nationalize [...]

Are They “Willing”? (Germany, the EU and Iranian Trade Sanctions)

Posted by John Rosenthal

An article by Nikolas Busse in yesterday’s (10 May) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung points out that commercial sanctions against Iran could prove highly effective – on the condition, that is, that the EU countries and, in particular, Germany cooperate. The United States, of course, already prohibits trade with Iran. But will the EU states cooperate? An [...]

Germany’s non-existent “Immigrant Problem”

Posted by John Rosenthal

The German Bundesländer last week agreed to introduce new requirements for naturalization, including, notably, not only a language test, but also the successful completion by candidates of a "citizenship course". In its weekend edition (6/7 May), the Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ), however, wonders whether the Bundesländer may not have found a solution "for a problem [...]

“A Nutty Idea”: the German Anthem in Turkish?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Apparently inspired by the supposed "Spanish version" of the Star-Spangled Banner, "Nuestro Himno", Green MP Hans-Christian Ströbele has suggested that German citizens of Turkish origins should have their own "Turkish version" of the German national anthem. "I would take it as a sign of integration if fellow citizens of Turkish origins could sing the third [...]

Old Media, Old News (The IHT Discovers Douste)

Posted by John Rosenthal

What counts as a "scoop" at the International Herald Tribune: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy appears to be incompetent.   Here the May 1, 2006 article from the IHT on the subject: "France’s Top Diplomat Caught in Harsh Light" Here a September 20, 2005 article from Transatlantic Intelligencer on… the same subject: "Douste-Blazy: Maybe He [...]