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.(...)
John Foster / 03 Apr 2019

The Populist Ideal

Trump and the Future of European Politics

The West is getting populist, roiling politics across Europe and the Americas. Centre-right parties, such as Germany’s governing Christian Democrats, and Britain’s Conservatives, find themselves being pushed rightwards in heretofore unimaginable ways.(...)

Natalie Sarkic-Todd / 01 Apr 2019

Revoke Article 50

Britain Takes Back Control

And yet there is hope. Today, on 1 April (Yes, April Fool’s Day,) the UK parliament debates the Revoke Article 50 petition.  For those who say petitions are useless,  this shows that when government is not listening, at least citizens can be heard and influence the political process.(...)

Paul Simon / 11 Mar 2019

Black Hole Country

Chronicle of a Ukrainian Election Foretold

Vote-rigging, corruption scandals, right-wing violence. Twenty days before the election, the struggle to become Ukraine’s next president is being waged ever more intensely.(...)

Johannes Simon / 27 Feb 2019

Back in Their Tanks Again

Germany and Its Military

In a widely noticed speech at the 2014 Munich Security Conference, President Joachim Gauck called on Germany to play a more “active” role in the world. This would include “not to say ‘no’ on principle” to military interventions.(...)

Mitchell Plitnick / 08 Feb 2019

The Palestine Problem

A Progressive Jewish View of the EU

“Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.” That was the statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the lower house of the Irish parliament advanced a bill in late January that would make it illegal for anyone in Ireland to buy goods or services from Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.(...)

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