German Court Lets Admitted Nazi Murderer, Heinrich Boere, Go Free

Posted by John Rosenthal

“Ex-Nazi Guilty in Wartime Murders,” the New York Times headline ran. “Heinrich Boere, Ex-Nazi SS Member, Convicted For WWII Murders” ran the headline of the AP article on the Huffington Post. The Times of London even chose to run with “SS killer Heinrich Boere finally jailed at 88.” But the headlines could just as well [...]

Germany’s War on the War on Terror

Posted by John Rosenthal

The boisterous run-up to the European parliament vote last month leaves no doubt about the leading role played by German MEPs of all political persuasions in killing the EU-US SWIFT agreement on bank-data sharing for counter-terror purposes. In light of the recent purchase by German tax authorities of stolen Swiss bank data, the German opposition [...]

The Freedom-Loving Anti-Semite

Posted by John Rosenthal

Yesterday’s edition of the German daily Die Welt contains a small news item on the decision of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald to continue using the name of the 19th century nationalist firebrand and anti-Semite Ernst Moritz Arndt. A student initiative had pleaded for the name to be changed. The news brief concludes as follows: In bloodthirsty songs [...]

German Court Ruling Strikes Another Blow Against War on Terror

Posted by John Rosenthal

The German Constitutional Court’s overturning of a law on the retention of telecommunications data will undoubtedly burnish its reputation as protector of the private sphere. But while Germany thus defies an EU directive that requires telecommunications and IT firms to save basic framework data in the interest of facilitating counterterror investigations, it makes a remarkably regular [...]

Bloody Hands and Javier Solana

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following exchange is from an interview with Javier Solana [Italian link] that appeared in the Saturday, March 6, edition of the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. Solana served as the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy from 1999 until December of last year. The subject of the interview is international negotiations with Iran. Corriere: Obama [...]