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Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 09/10/2013

For Gerd Appenzeller the EU still hasn't earned its Peace Prize

The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday. The left-liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel looks back to last year when the award went to the European Union, and still finds the decision unjustified: "Europe fails to fulfil the promise that bound its member states together for decades: that the Union not only promotes peace among former enemies, but also increases the prosperity of all. For a long time now there can be no more talk of that in Southern Europe. Now, rather than forging ties the euro divides, and the hopes for a better future are fading. German politicians specialise in explaining to the rest of the continent why the economic and financial policy they propagate is the only feasible one. But they're unable - and often unwilling - to try and persuade people that not only Germany but the entire Eurozone will benefit from this. ... And so the financial crisis is bringing out the old ghosts and rifts are opening up between people who only recently still felt they were united."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 06/05/2009

Criticism of jury's decision on German reunification monument

The competition for the design of a national monument to German reunification 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall has failed: None of the 563 designs that were submitted was considered to be good enough. Several artists and architects who competed, as well as their respective professional associations, criticise the jury's decision. The liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel writes: "It's hard to understand why a reunification monument should have to reflect a cross-section of the last 150 years of German history, from the freedom movements of the 19th century to the crucial phases of the collapse of the GDR. After all, this is supposed to be an artistic representation rather than a realistic representation. And the site itself, the pedestal of the Emperor Wilhelm monument, is highly problematic - or is the message supposed to be that German democracy was built on the foundations of the fallen monarchy? The members of the jury knew all this before they got to work on their decision."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 30/04/2009

Things continue beyond the horizon

The EU eastward enlargement of five years ago bears historical responsibility for the entire continent, writes the daily Der Tagesspiegel: "The enlargement of the Union to the East was meant to bolster economically what had previously been secured through the Nato enlargement. Russia was quick to perceive both moves as a threat. But it has now understood the economic advantages for its own country, because the growing prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe has naturally strengthened the flow of trade to and from Russia. Leaving aside the question of Croatia, there is now almost no support within the populations of most EU states for a renewed expansion. However hardly anyone doubts that things will continue beyond the horizon, and that economic or even association agreements with Belarus, Ukraine and George will be the next - if not the last - steps."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 17/04/2008

Was the food crisis inevitable?

Gerd Appenzeller sees the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development presented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as confirmation that the Western world is protecting its prosperity at the cost of less developed countries: "To put it simply, the accusation directed in particular at the US, Canada, Australia and Western Europe is that these states - the richest in the world - are treating the rest of the planet like colonies. ... By imposing their supposedly superior economic and agrarian system on the Third World - albeit with the best intentions - and exploiting their economic power, the industrialised nations are ruining these countries. There are plenty of straightforward examples. The European Union is subsidising the construction of increasingly large fishing fleets and purchasing all the fishing rights for Africa's coasts. As a result, Portuguese and Spanish trawlers are taking over the traditional fishing grounds of, for example, the Senegalese, so the latter, totally impoverished, are forced to sail the coasts of the Canary Islands on dilapidated fishing boats in the hope of finding a better future there."

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 20/12/2007

Extending the Schengen area

"Primarily in Germany, but in Scandinavia too, police and residents on the border are worried. They fear an increase of cross-border criminality and a decline in security," reports Gerd Appenzeller. But he thinks the fear is unjustified. "It may be an understandable fear, but it also a bit absurd, like that among Western Europeans when the borders between France, Germany and the Benelux states – to name a few – were abolished on 26 March 1995. There, too, the federal police were removed, and new methods for cross-border investigations were introduced. Security did not worsen as a result, but rather improved. Today, too, no one can say that the federal police will disappear overnight in the areas where Germany meets Poland and the Czech Republic."

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