Friday 29 April, 2005

An exhibition in Frankfurt shows the "sublime escapism" of the neo-Romantics, while one in London shows the "bleak cosmic chaos" of August Strindberg. Architect Albert Speer talks about his father's turning a blind eye to Nazi attrocities, film director Bernard Tavernier tells of revenge on a diva with fresh strawberries and Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid assesses three trends in European Islam.
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Thursday 28 April, 2005

The French no, the Mongolian Marx, Stalin era kitschification, Schiller out loud and off by heart, East German self-satisfaction, West German incest and yet another Herzog and de Meuron.
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Wednesday 27 April, 2005

60 years after the end of World War II, an exhibition in Moscow celebrates the "Return from Nothingness", and quarrels go on in Italy between supporters of the partisans and those of the fascists. Anu Tali conducts up a storm in Estonia, Stuart Pigott discusses cool trends in wine and an exhibit in Stuttgart is devoted to coolness itself.
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Tuesday 26 April, 2005

Foreign minister Joschka Fischer is questioned live on TV about the recent "visa affair" and Pandit G. of Asian Dub Foundation talks about their uplifting martial sounds. Alex Rühle reviews "The Kick", a play based on a recent teenage racist murder, and Olga Kryshtanovskaya reports on Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky's trial in Moscow.
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Saturday 23 April - Monday 25 April, 2005

Bernard Imhasly asks why the supposedly non-violent Indians are so violent, and Udo Steinbach reflects on two trends in European Islam. Theatre director Michael Thalheimer and theatre critic Gerhard Stadelmaier are both capable of love, and a new staging of Hamlet thrills audiences despite its featuring George Bush and co.
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Friday 22 April, 2005

Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio is awarded the Premio Cervantes in Spain and Hitler films conquer the market at Cannes. Meanwhile, Rufus Wainwright basks in his gay glory and Ian McEwan laments the state of the Earth.
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Thursday 21 April, 2005

Today's feuilletons look at the new German Pope's namesake Benedict XII, his fine smile and his unexpected popularity among the young. Other stories feature Apichatpong Weerasethakul's most recent film and Munich's new football stadium.
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Wednesday 20 April, 2005

Habemus papam! Today's feuilletons celebrate the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as successor to John-Paul II. In other stories, Gerhard Schröder gets hit on for supporting an end to the Chinese arms embargo, new Stalin monuments and "torte style" constructions are going up in Russia while historical buildings are coming down.
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Tuesday 19 April, 2005

The allure of Berlin for Scandinavian work nomads, the return of the conservative dandy in German literature, a conference on war children, the rediscovery of photographer Martin Munkácsi and a lack of intellectual resistance to anti-European forces in Turkey.
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Saturday 16 April - Monday 18 April, 2005

God's biographer wants a Chinese Pope, Germany deserves its dinosaur poets, French youth see through Chirac and Pina Bausch raises few smiles with her lacklustre new dance piece.
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Friday 15 April, 2005

History is instrumentalised in Japan and artistic freedom is curtailed in Russia. Techno haven Tresor closes its doors in Berlin and a secret of happiness is discovered in London.
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Thursday 14 April, 2005

Florian Schwarz's debut film "Katze im Sack" contains the perfect moment, Bill Viola turns "Tristan und Isolde" into a kitsch orgy, the French swarm to the Fassbinder retrospective and Orhan Pamuk talks about reactions to his new book in the wake of his statements about the Armenian genocide. Also, premonitions of pop-lit in the humour-free zone of dead poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann's and Calvinism in Geneva.
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Wednesday 13 April, 2005

Jorge Semprun comments on contemporary German attitudes to World War Two, Ian Buruma comments on remembrance cultures of guilt and shame, Frank Patalong writes on the "head in the sand" German newspapers faced with the Internet, Holger Kreitling commends the Canadian culture of integration and Ingeborg Ruthe visits a retrospective of East German sculptor Wieland Förster.
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Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Much philosophical musing: is passion still possible? Has religion become obscene? Does wearing no clothing mean naked? Plus, national identity in Poland, the possibility of democracy in Kyrgyzstan and Wagner in Paris.
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Saturday 9 April - Monday 11 April, 2005

In the feuilletons today, the NZZ praises Hungarian people's poet Attila Jozsef, born 100 years ago, and reflects on the "act first, ask questions later" mentality of the Belgian nation, born 75 years before that. Mark Leonard writes on Europe's political role in the 21st century, Robin Detje complains about the declining quality of Germany's quality papers, and two exhibitions open in Berlin with works by Adolph Menzel. Saturday's papers feature book reviews on Putin's Russia and life as a KGB spy.
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Friday 8 April, 2005

In the taz, Helga Hirsch and Norbert Frei disagree on how the expulsions of Germans during the Second World War have been perceived, while Stefan Chwin tells his story of Polish expulsions. In the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Birgit Schönau discusses Popes' deaths past and present, and Tobais Timm reports on Vanessa Beecroft's "not a beauty pageant" performance VB 55 in Berlin.
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Thursday 7 April, 2005

The Tagesspiegel deplores the autism of the Berlin Volksbühne, the FAZ sings the praises of filmmaker Jean Eustache, the SZ cherishes the embarrassment of aging rockers and Die Welt staunchly defends pithy philosopher Carl Schmitt.
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Wednesday 6 April, 2005

Hanno Rauterberg takes a dim view of Rem Koolhaas' concert house in Porto, Götz Aly answers critics of his book "Hitler's Volksstaat" and 565 Iranians call for a new Iran. Nina Apin visits a haven for artists in Leipzig and Mark Rosenblatt's "Dumbfounded Theatre" plays German drama in London.
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Tuesday 5 April, 2005

An analogy of the Pope to Ronald Reagan and Ayatollah Chomeini, exorcising the ghost of Karajan from the Berlin Philhamonic Orchestra, the disquieting architecture of Porto's new concert hall and the comic strip sensibilities of German band Wir sind Helden.
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Saturday 2 April - Monday 4 April, 2005

Dorota Maslowska, Adam Krzeminski and Joachim Lottmann write on the death of Pope John Paul II, Harald Hartung writes an obituary for poet Thomas Kling, and Willi Winkler bids farewell to actor Harald Juhnke. In other news, Peter Uehling writes on a massive Mahler performance and Zhou Derong tells of the Chinese brain drain.
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Friday 1 April, 2005

From the SZ we have reports on French fears about the European constitution and an interview with Israeli historian Tom Segev. In the FAZ, Joschka Fischer comes under criticism for his overly PC decision on foreign ministry obituaries. Swiss philosopher Iso Camartin writes about Euripides' early philosophical insights in the NZZ and Elke Buhr in the FR tells us that Germanness sells.
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