They?re Still Painting, and More: The Leipzig Art Scene

First a success, then a bubble: the hype surrounding the ?New Leipzig School? put the city on the map of the art world, but also blinkered its vision.... more more

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The Republic's sexiest calves

Wednesday 23 November, 2005

Moritz Rinke, playwright and astute observer of the passing political scene, comments on Gerhard Schröder's cozy relationship with artists and the media. And the fact that while everybody seemed to like him, nobody really got to know him.
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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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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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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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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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Merkel's a total cutie!

Monday 15 August, 2005

Christoph Schlingensief's controversial "Parsifal" is showing at the Wagner Festival for the second year running. He talks to Tina Hildebrandt and Stephan Lebert about hero impersonators in politics, zombies in Bayreuth and pre-election Germany.
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The big lie

Monday 18 July, 2005

Sociologist Ulrich Beck explains why German politicians' idea of full employment is an illusion and why Kafka's works belong to the classics of sociology.
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German Elections Special

The results of the federal elections have left Germany in something of a political muddle. After both mainstream parties (SPD and CDU) declared themselves victor, the coalition negotiations began. By October 18, a new chancellor has to have been named. We've put together a dossier of relevant articles on the elections and their aftermath: Arno Widmann writes that Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has dropped his media mask, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht describes the penchant for paradox hanging over the entire election, Jörg Lau runs over the spectrum of protagonists. Eva Menasse and Tanja Dückers debate the role writers should take in the election campaign...
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What do the conservatives want?

Thursday 7 July, 2005

If Germany's conservatives win the coming elections in September they'll be more powerful than ever before. But what do they actually want? By Gustav Seibt
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Who are Germany's new young conservatives?

Tuesday 5 July, 2005

Now that Gerhard Schröder has admitted failure to himself and the rest of the world, German conservatives are being summoned back from political Siberia and pushed into the spotlight. But are they even still alive? By Mariam Lau
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Writers warn about Linkspartei

Friday 1 July, 2005

A group of German writers have signed a public condemnation against what it sees as dangerously populist sentiments behind the new 'Linkspartei'.
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Merkel's new middle

Wednesday 29 June, 2005

The Germany that makes the headlines is one of hedge-fund 'locusts' and burgeoning numbers of unemployed. Don't believe the hype: the upcoming German federal elections will be fought out in the middle. But unless the Germans stop expecting to be spoon fed by the state, and get proactive, little will be gained by a change of government. By Paul Nolte
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The Berlin Republic

Thursday 2 June, 2005

So cunning is history: The cornerstones of the Berlin Republic – the departure from the social market economy, the rediscovery of war, the mistrust of the state for its citizens, the historicisation of the Holocaust – were laid by the West German 68ers. An attempt by a member of the old German Federal Republic to come to terms with the country he lives in. By Arno Widmann
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