The “BND Affair” Redux

Posted by John Rosenthal

What were two BND agents doing in Baghdad during the Iraq War in 2003? “Helping” the American army? Following the testimony of the two agents before the intelligence committee of the German Bundestag last week, we know in any case that they were in regular contact with the secret service of Saddam Hussein. See my post on [...]

The First “Anti-Globalization” Protester?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In my turbulent youth, nothing bothered me so much as having been born in a time that clearly would only still erect its halls of fame [Ruhmestempel] for shopkeepers and civil servants. The waves of historical events appeared to have calmed, such that the future appeared really to belong only to “the peaceful competition among nations” – which [...]

Animal Imagery: The SPD Grows Wings (and Fangs)

Posted by John Rosenthal

The former chair of Germany’s Social Democratic party (SPD), Kurt Beck, was forced out of his post a week ago in an internal party putsch that saw Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier designated the SPD candidate for the chancellorship and Franz Müntefering designated to return to the post of party chair.  As reported in yesterday’s edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine [...]

Schröder on Steinmeier: My Closest Collaborator

Posted by John Rosenthal

Newly designated SPD candidate for the German chancellorship, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, was former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s chief of staff during most of the latter’s time in office, as well as the coordinator of the German intelligence services. He is widely reputed to have been the éminence grise responsible for some of the Schröder government’s most famous [...]

A Jewish Holiday?

Posted by John Rosenthal

The American Embassy in Berlin will be commemorating the 9/11 attacks this year in a ceremony jointly sponosored by the Jewish Community of Berlin. Malte Lehming of the daily Die Tagesspiegel asks: Why? For the details and some thoughts, see my comment on World Politics Review here.