What is a Jew in Germany Permitted to Say Against a Jew in Germany?

Posted by John Rosenthal

"What is a Jew in Germany Permitted to Say against Israel?" Thus ran the headline to a commentary in Germany’s influential Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) last week. And a very odd headline it is. For while the subject of the piece is a court case in which freedom of speech is indeed clearly at stake, as [...]

Wake Up, Dennis Kucinich!

Posted by John Rosenthal

Whereas Barack Obama’s “Yes, We Can!” slogan is obviously rather lame, the Democratic Party leadership may want to think twice before adopting Dennis Kucinich’s impassioned cry of “Wake Up America!” as the new motto for the upcoming election campaign. As so happens, the motto “Wake Up Germany!” or “Deutschland Erwache!” was intimately connected with the [...]

A “New” German?

Posted by John Rosenthal

The participation of the American basketball player Chris Kaman in the Beijing Olympics as a member of the German basketball squad has caused some eyebrows to be raised. How could someone who has never lived in Germany, does not speak German, and whose only connection to the country consists of some ancestors who emigrated nearly [...]

Political Caritas?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Longtime Trans-Int readers will be familiar with the German aid organization Wadi. Wadi managing director Thomas von der Osten-Sacken was one of the original contributors to the Trans-Int Review and Wadi’s "This is not the Resistance" banner ad graces the right-hand column of this webpage. Wadi runs a number of successful development projects in norther [...]

Germany’s Illegal Campaign Contribution

Posted by John Rosenthal

The excitement — however artificially stimulated by opening rock bands and generously inflated crowd estimates — of Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin is now passed. What remains are some serious questions: notably, for German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.  See my new article on World Politics Review here.  

Who Cares About Kosovo (Independence)?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Not France apparently.  The way internal EU politics work, normally one country or a limited group of countries is decisively for a given “project” and the others, if they have no particular reason to be against it, then they are also for – in principle. But to find out which country or countries are truly [...]