On the Death of Siegfried Lenz ? ?You have to justify your life?

Siegfried Lenz, one of the great writers of German post-war literature is dead. He died on 7 October 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.... more more

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: From green man to guru

Wednesday 9 November, 2005

Al-Qaida top terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed on June 7, 2006, when the US army bombed the house he was visiting. Before that, he was Al-Qaida's commander in Iraq and an idol for Islamists throughout the world - a man who took the knife into his own hands to slaughter enemies. Part One of a three-part series tells of al-Zarqawi's rise to be Iraq's most-wanted terrorist. By Urs Gehriger
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The new wretched of the earth

Tuesday 25 October, 2005

Sengalese writer and journalist Boubacar Boris Diop describes the combination of pain, shame and anger that he feels looking at the images of utter desperation that are coming out of the Spanish exclaves Ceuta and Melilla.
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A stone's throw from Europe

Wednesday 19 October, 2005

In the heated debate over Turkey's entry into the EU, something is being forgotten: the fact that the two continents are within spitting distance of each other. And that Europe in its current form would not exist were it not for the Middle East. By Hilal Sezgin
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Dying to reach Europe

Thursday 13 October, 2005

For three years, Portugese author and journalist Paulo Moura has focussed his reportages on the plight of African refugees in Morocco. Using literary means, he seeks to go deeper than news reports. An interview with Christa Hager.
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The last rock 'n' roller of German politics

Monday 26 September, 2005

Joschka Fischer, Germany's former Foreign Minister and figurehead of the Green Party, has now announced he will be retiring from politics altogether. In an interview with the taz given in September 2005, Fischer reflects on what his coming retirement means for his party, his country and himself.
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In search of lost sense

Wednesday 21 September, 2005

"Some find smearing the Solidarity revolution and its heroes by means of the secret police archives heroic. Others think it is more like throwing a hand grenade into a cesspool: some get killed, some injured, and everyone is left soiled and smelly. This is how we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the August revolution: bruised, smeared and frustrated. Can't we learn to speak sensibly about the things we have had the courage to achieve?" By Adam Michnik
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What was Schröder on?

Monday 19 September, 2005

There was something surreal about Gerhard Schröder's appearance on national television on election night. Although his party was second in the polls, Schröder saw the victory quite clearly as his own. And anyone who saw matters differently, an idiot. Arno Widmann asks the question that is on the minds of many Germans today: what was Schröder on?
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Indulging a penchant for paradox

Thursday 15 September, 2005

What do you get when you cross Left and Right? Gerhard Schröder the double paradox: a chancellor who backs social protest against his own policies, and a ruler who deprives himself of power in a bid to reclaim it. By Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
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Russian dichotomies

Wednesday 14 September, 2005

Like his country's heraldic eagle, the Russian president Vladimir Putin has one head facing west and the other east. By Viktor Erofeyev.
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What now, white man?

Monday 12 September, 2005

The result of the elections on September 18 is completely irrelevant. Because global competition is about to push Western culture into the abyss. An eleventh-hour obituary. By Matthias Politycki
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Standing in file

Friday 9 September, 2005

Tanja Dückers writes a retort to Eva Menasse's recent claim that German writers' refusal to take a public stance in the federal election campaign reflects opportunism.
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Tolerance for the tolerant

Thursday 8 September, 2005

A combative response to Jutta Limbach's article on "Making multiculturalism work" by the Turkish-German lawyer and activist Seyran Ates.
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Writers! Break free of your routine!

Thursday 8 September, 2005

Why I'm getting involved in the current federal election campaign. By Eva Menasse
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Sighing, sweating, screeching

Monday 5 September, 2005

The run-up to the German federal elections is awash with blood, sweat and tears as Schröder, Merkel and Co. give their all. But the voters aren't having any of it. By Jörg Lau
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Multiculturalism Special

Wednesday 17 August, 2005.

Jutta Limbach, former President of Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, calls for greater protection of minority rights. Olivier Roy explains why the roots of Islamic terrorism are in Europe. Rebecca Hillauer describes an initiative in French suburbs to protect Muslim girls from macho Islamists. Zafer Senocak describes his own conflict between tradition and modernity growing up as a Turkish German. And Moritz Behrendt introduces a collection of essays on the changing public face of Islam in Europe.
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