Böhmermann, Erdogan and Merkel’s Illiberal Democracy
BBC (my emphasis added):
The Hamburg court said that it stands by its order, issued last May, which prohibited republication of parts of a poem by German comic Jan Boehmermann. The satirist, who is barred for repeating the majority of …
Suddenly Chancellor Merkel Is All about Tighter Security
Following a series of violent attacks in Germany – two of which were linked to ISIS – German chancellor Angela Merkel doubled down on her open immigration policy, assuring the German people that “we can do it” when it comes to balancing …
Obama, Germany, and ‘The Right Side of History’
Of all of the irritating and intolerable things about the Left, perhaps the worst is their smug self-confidence that they are on “the right side of history.” The assumption that history has a “right side” that can be easily determined …
Writing in the Financial Times, Gideon Rachman discusses what he describes as the ‘unraveling’ of Angela Merkel’s authority. That may be too dramatic a word. As Rachman himself notes, “by the standards of the rest of Europe (or the US), …
Germany’s “Super Sunday” : More Elections To Watch
Angela Markel will be looking a little anxiously at three regional elections in Germany tomorrow, one, Saxony-Anhalt, in former East Germany and two (Baden-Württemberg, and Rhineland-Palatinate) in the old west. Support for the populist right AfD appears to be …
Serving “Europe and the Public Good”
The Economist has praised Angela Merkel as “the indispensable European”.
If these comments by the former head of ZDF Bonn [ZDF is a public broadcaster] are accurate, we now have a better idea of what that really means.
Hymning her decision last fall to fling open the doors to Germany even more widely, Angela Merkel liked to boast “wir schaffen das!” (“we can do it”), a claim for which there was in reality very little evidence.
And now, …
Not Only Irresponsible, but Incompetent
The Daily Mail:
The German government is unable to say where more than half of the one million asylum seekers allowed into the country have ended up, MailOnline can exclusively reveal. Government statistics show that Germany registered 1.1 million applications by …
Germany: Freedom from Fear?
As I’ve mentioned before, Angela Merkel has recently been picked to receive the Roosevelt Foundation’s ‘Four Freedoms’ award.
One of FDR’s original four freedoms was freedom from fear.
How’s that working out?
MAINZ, Germany — A …
I had missed the fact that the Financial Times, like Time magazine, had anointed Angela Merkel its person of the year last month.
This caught my eye:
The chancellor once criticised multi-culturalism. But today she praises migrants, not only for …
Angela Merkel: Leading “Europe’s fight for liberal values” (and, maybe, censorship).
Financial Times, January 2, 2017:
With Donald Trump moving into the White House, Ms Merkel has faced calls to assume the mantle of leader of the western liberal world from Barack Obama. She dismisses the demands as “grotesque and absurd,” but she …
Germany: Neglect On Another Front
I’m not quite sure how to describe the chancellorship of Angela Merkel beyond the obvious observation that the “indispensable European” (The Economist) is by some margin the worst of all the postwar chancellors. She plays the political game skillfully, …
The Revolt against the Narcissist: Merkel and the AfD
The German news magazine Der Spiegel is no fan of Germany’s populist-right AfD, which makes this (very) long piece on the voters who are beginning to turn to the party all the more interesting.
Here’s an extract:
Those other elections: Merkel’s Not So Super Sunday
Well, it looks as if the populist-right AfD did even better than expected in regional elections in Germany today.
The Financial Times:
According to exit polls, the AfD won 23 per cent of the vote in the depressed eastern region of …
Germany, Merkel and Russia
This long piece by Dustin Dehez on the relationship between Germany and Russia is well worth a read. It includes the useful German word Lebenslüge. It (basically) means a lifelong self-delusion.
Anyway, here’s an extract:
There is an …
Sweden’s Immigration Taboo
A day or so ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an intriguing article by Ariel Kramer, an American living in Gothenburg, about the difficulty of discussing the migrant crisis in Sweden. It’s a subtle piece, and well worth reading …
In a crowded field, Guy Verhofstadt is one of the most annoying eurofundamentalists, a hectoring boor for whom ‘more Europe’ and less democracy are almost always the answer. He’s the leader of ALDE, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats …
Glimpses of Merkel’s Germany
The Jerusalem Post:
Three young men from North Africa sought to stone two transgender women in the western German city of Dortmund on Sunday. According to a report on Friday on television station SAT1.NRW, the men attacked Yasmine und …
For all his faults, Kohl united Germany, Merkel not so much:
Over 200 masked right-wing supporters, carrying placards with racist overtones, went on a rampage in the eastern city of Leipzig on Monday night, throwing fireworks, breaking windows and vandalizing …
Germany: A Narrative in Trouble
Earlier today The Economist re-tweeted this article with the comment that “Attacks on women by mobs of young men inflame Germany’s refugee debate”.
Some explanation as to who these mysterious “young men” might be was given in the piece, …