Redux / 16 Jul 2021

History at a Standstill

Germany and the Roma

One of The Battleground's strongest areas of coverage is Germany. Not just any German topic, but that of the country's continuing problems with racism.(...)
Communism has been replaced by fascism. Student protestors, Hong Kong.
Ernst Stetter / 29 May 2020

Beijing on the Brink

Xi Jinping’s Globalisation Gamble

The orchestration of Chinese politics by the Communist Party continues. But this year, the National People’s Party Congress was different.(...)

The father of reunification. Mikhail Gorbachev, East Side Gallery.
John Foster / 24 Jan 2020

Remembrance Culture

Hope Harrison’s After the Berlin Wall

Memory is one of the most important elements of modern societies. Nowhere has its centrality been so fully illustrated than in Germany.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 05 Apr 2019

Exploding German Identity Politics

Rammstein’s Deutschland

The hysteria was predictable. Posing as both concentration camp inmates and their Nazi executioners, the video for Rammstein’s new song “Deutschland” was destined to infuriate one demographic, just as selecting a black actress, Ruby Commey, to personify Germania, was bound to piss off another.(...)