Those “Simple” Americans

Posted by John Rosenthal

Since the election of Barack Obama, the subject of European anti-Americanism is rarely touched upon even in new media and one could well have imagined that the phenomenon itself had simply disappeared. But as the coverage  of the upcoming American congressional elections in leading French and German newspapers makes clear, “old” Europe’s anti-American impulse never in fact [...]

The EU Increases Its Influence at the UN — And the NYTimes Bemoans the EU’s “Waning Influence”

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Tuesday, both Germany and Portugal secured seats on the UN Security Council, thus increasing the EU’s representation on the Council. Reason enough for the NYTimes to publish an article bemoaning the EU’s “waning influence.” For the details on just how massively over-represented the EU will now be in the Security Council, see my new [...]

German Jihadists: Whatever Happened to Paragraph 129b?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In his memoirs, Michael von Wedel, a former agent at Germany’s Federal Bureau for Criminal Investigations (BKA), recalls the frantic activity at the agency following the 9/11 attacks. “…All the investigations, dragnets and other measures that were now gearing up,” he writes, “were accompanied by a certain shame and collective bad conscience concerning the fact [...]

Europe’s New Extreme? Nicolas Sarkozy and the French-EU Roma controversy

Posted by John Rosenthal

The European edition of Newsweek has discovered the face of European extremism. It peers out from the cover of the October 4 issue of the magazine. “Europe’s New Extreme” reads the headline. And the face on the cover is none other than that of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. What earns Sarkozy the title of extremist [...]