Prosecuting a Comedian: Merkel’s Mini-Munich
So the investigation into German comedian Jan Böhmermann, for “offending” Turkey’s thuggish president has gone to the next stage. As Charlie notes (with appropriate disgust), Chancellor Merkel has cleared the way for Böhmermann’s prosecution.
Lest we forget, …
Free Speech is not a ‘European Value’ (Part 999): Investigating a Comedian
Wall Street Journal:
BERLIN—German prosecutors have opened an investigation against a television comedian on suspicion of offending Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, escalating a dispute over press freedom that comes as Germany relies increasingly on Turkey to solve Europe’…
Seeing the Human Face in the Midst of Chaos
A few months ago, a young American woman named Kate Eberstadt got it into her head that she should organize a choir in a refugee camp. So many of us were too focused on presidential politics or immigration policy or …
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 …
Cracking Down on Illiberal Thought with a Stasi Fist
Understandably, Germans want the world to know their totalitarian past is far behind them. That’s one reason the government enthusiastically took in more than 1.1 million refugees in 2015 and is welcoming the same number or more in 2016. For many Germans, …
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 …
In the course of an article discussing what happened in Cologne on New Year’s Eve – and its aftermath, The Economist writes:
Inexplicably, Cologne’s police initially reported “relaxed” festivities.
Inexplicably? I wonder. We do not yet know for sure …
Germany Must Choose Between Free Speech and a Foreign Ministry That Acts as Censor
The Post reports:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey’s president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany’s free-speech traditions and the government’s efforts …
Germany, Migrants and Jobs
Back at the beginning of the year I posted something on this Corner that looked at press coverage suggesting that Germany’s new migrants might not quite be as employable as Merkel and her corporate cheerleaders were trying so hard …
Negative Interest Rates – Adding to Germany’s Discontents?
One of the features of what passes for monetary policy these days is the willingness of some central banks to cross the ‘zero lower bound’. Translated from the jargon, what that means is negative interest rates.
Bloomberg has a brief …
Who Pays the Price for Opening Germany’s Borders?
Over the past year, more than 1.1 million asylum-seekers have settled in Germany, and German voters are in revolt. In state elections, the new Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which advocates a German exit from the eurozone and a reduction in …
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 …
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 …
Writing in the Financial Times, Wolfgang Munchau takes a look at the challenges facing Germany this year. Top of the list, predictably enough, is the migrant crisis. As Munchau notes, Merkel’s unilateral decision to overturn the EU’s Dublin procedure …
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 …