?From the great beyond into the present? ? an interview with Jo Lendle

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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 31 May, 2005

The French "non" leaves Bernard-Henri Levy peeved in Le Point and Bronislaw Geremek fearful for Poland in Gazeta Wyborcza. David Runciman in the London Review of Books raves about Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro's tale of the mysterious repeal of estate tax in the USA. This month's DU is dedicated to Imre Kertesz, and Literaturen to Paolo Coelho. György Spiro talks about his hit book "Captivity" in Elet es Irodalom. And in Der Spiegel, Peter Schneider admits the Red-Green coalition deserved its North-Rhine West failure!
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In full knowledge of the facts

Friday 27 May, 2005

The practice of holding a referendum on a subject like the European constitution is suicidal. It is an electoral absurdity that puts in question the political intelligence not only of the French president, but also of his immediate entourage and communication advisers. By Paul Virilio
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Blue flower, where do you bloom?

Thursday 26 May, 2005

"Ideal Worlds" at Frankfurt's Schirn Gallery evokes a newfangled yearning for old-fashioned Romanticism with works by artists such as Peter Doig, David Thorpe, Kaye Donachie, and Christopher Orr. A sceptical excursion in the magical landscapes of contemporary art. By Wolfgang Ullrich
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Loveable losers in the Ruhrpott

Thursday 26 May, 2005

The surprising defeat of the SPD in the state elections in North-Rhine Westphalia has set a process in motion that will probably result in new federal leadership in Germany. Writer and comedian Frank Goosen describes in an interview what his fellow Ruhrpotters think about this, if anything at all.
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Leipzig's urban facelift

Wednesday 25 May, 2005

When diggers drove up to demolish a neo-classical building in Leipzig, the citizens took to the streets. The city's "building safeguard programme" was created to preserve Leipzig's architectural flair. But is it preserving the wrong buildings? By Dankwart Guratzsch
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Google Print, or knowledge is power

Monday 23 May, 2005

With Google Print, Google aims to realise the age-old dream of making all knowledge available at any time to anyone. But the notion that a single machine, company or algorithm is able to organise all freely available knowledge in a position of overwhelming dominance is hard to reconcile with the principles of cultural diversity. By Rüdiger Wischenbart
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Europe demands courage

Friday 20 May, 2005.

An open letter to French voters from German intellectuals, artists and academics warns the French public that voting "No" to the EU constitution would mean betraying progress and abandoning the ideals of the Enlightenment.
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The New Hebrews

Friday 20 May, 2005

The exhibition "The New Hebrews: A Century of Art in Israel" opens today in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau. By Peter von Becker (Image: Reuven Rubin, Self Portrait with Flowers, 1922. © Reuven Rubin)
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The illusionary "Leftist No"

Friday 13 May, 2005

To the French naysayers: A Left which aims to tame and civilise capitalism with a "No" to the European constitution would be deciding for the wrong side at the wrong time. By Jürgen Habermas
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A genocide denied

Wednesday 11 May, 2005

Turkish society flatly refuses to recognise the atrocities committed against the Armenians. This has catastrophic implications for Turks in Germany. By Zafer Senocak
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Stalin for president

Monday 9 May, 2005

Sixty years after the end of World War Two, Russia is seeing a dramatic re-Stalinisation under President Putin's leadership. As hopes for prosperity dwindle, "Uncle Joe's" star is on the rise again. By Sonja Margolina
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Say it loud – it's Schiller and it's proud

Monday 9 May, 2005

Germany's national poet and dramatist, Friedrich Schiller, died 200 years ago today. Since then he has been adulated by generations of Germans. Both the Nazis and the East German communist regime celebrated him as one of their own. But what relevance does Schiller have today? By George Steiner
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World War II Special

Tuesday 3 May, 2005

The Second World War ended in Germany on May 8, 1945, with the unconditional surrender of the German forces. We've gathered articles dealing with various aspects of the war. Sonja Margolina looks at the Russian perspective: victory celebrations and re-Stalinisation. Adam Krzeminski analyses the competing myths in Eastern Europe, while Jörg Friedrich sees the Allied bombings of German and Japanese cities as the first act of the Cold War. And two articles by Götz Aly look at "Hitlers Volksstaat" and the state of the memorials in Berlin.
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News from Teenyland

Tuesday 3 May, 2005

What happens when young people are trained in globalised consumption from babyhood on? Is there room for the self between commercialism and mass commodities? The "Coolhunters" exhibition in Karlsruhe looks at youth culture, from cheerleaders to cool rappers, from computer games to teenage suicide. By Elke Buhr
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Violence in the Land of Non-violence

Monday 2 May 2005

Indian religion, philosophy and the peaceful revolution of Mahatma Gandhi have defined India's image abroad. The West has trouble making sense of the violence that is manifested in religious and political conflicts and everyday crime in India. But are philosophy and reality really at odds with one another? By Bernard Imhasly
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