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Die Welt - Germany | 27/11/2013

Let the Scots go if they want to

Scottish independence would be a boon for the UK, but aside from that there's no reason for it, the British-German journalist Alan Posener writes in the conservative daily Die Welt: "The industries that made Scotland important - shipbuilding, for example - vanished long ago. The oil in the North Sea has been pumped dry; the five million Scots produce an above average number of welfare cases and a lower than average number of good football players. Their MPs enjoy privileges in the British parliament that allow them to divert funds for their own cronies. In a nutshell: England, Wales and Northern Ireland would be economically and politically better off without Scotland. ... Granted, Scotland is just a symptom for the post-modern lack of seriousness in national politics. The reasons that once pushed the Basques and Catalans, Corsicans and Bretons, Northern Italians and Southern Tyroleans to strive for their independence have disappeared in the borderless, multicultural EU of regional aid. The movements remain. And distract from Europe's truly important problems."

Die Welt - Germany | 16/05/2013

Keynes unfortunately mistrusted by Europeans

The fact that the states of Europe are refusing to follow the advice of economist Maynard Keynes and spend in times of crisis is only reinforcing the Euroscepticism of many citizens, the conservative daily Die Welt contends: "The demonisation of Keynesianism has been so successful that - unlike the British and the Americans - even in the midst of the worst crisis since the end of the war it hasn't occurred to the continental Europeans to trust his ideas. ... The consequences of the 'practical failure' of neo-liberal ideas so feared by Keynes are in evidence all over Europe. Leftist proponents of the rule of the 'we' and right-wing nationalist ideologists are gaining ground. The main victim of the people's anger is the European Union: according to the Pew survey the French are now even more Eurosceptic than the British, and elsewhere too, the scepticism is reaching British levels. ... It may be that the penny-pinching approach is the right one in the long term. But in the long term, as Keynes noted, we'll all be dead."

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | 18/12/2011

Pope must uncover abuse in global Church

In the Netherlands an estimated ten to twenty thousand minors have been subjected to sexual abuse in Catholic establishments since 1945. This was the conclusion of the report released on Friday by the independent Deetman Commission, which investigated allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church on behalf of the Dutch Bishop's Conference.The conservative daily Die Welt am Sonntag is not surprised and demands not just words of contrition but also deeds from Pope Benedict XVI: "The pattern of abuse and cover-up has been uncovered everywhere where there have been independent enquiries: in the US, in Ireland, in Germany. Only the naive can believe that this pattern would not be uncovered everywhere where priests and nuns wield and continue to wield absolute power over children: in Italy, Spain and South America, for example. ... Benedict XVI has strongly condemned such abuse. But as his Church teaches, remorse without deeds is not enough. The Pope must take the initiative and uncover abuse in the global Church, so as not to make a laughing stock of his claim to be mankind's 'voice of moral reason'."

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | 02/05/2010

Europe lacks gifted politicians

Greece's dramatic debt situation has unsettled the entire Eurozone and revived old animosities, writes the liberal conservative Welt am Sonntag: "For Europe to have a future we need politicians who can inspire their colleagues and the people with an enthusiasm for Europe. These are currently lacking, and help is nowhere in sight. An election victory for David Cameron would mean a declared eurosceptic leader for Britain. With Geert Wilders an unpredictable politician could determine the course of politics in Holland. Hungarians have voted in an anti-Semitic party out of anger at the IMF. A clash of cultures is raging in Spain, while Italy is ruled by a clown. And as for the 'motor' of Europe, the German-French tandem, the French philosopher André Glucksmann, a descendent of Hugo and Lacroix, writes that 'their marriage is on the rocks'. Perhaps the most deep-seated reason for the crisis of Europe is the idea that it can make it without politicians of calibre."

Die Welt - Germany | 25/02/2008

Geert Mak on urban history and nomadism

Dutch author Geert Mak, who recently wrote a book about Istanbul, talks with Alan Posener and Jennifer Wilton about the historical dimensions of a European city. "Even a young European city like Berlin is filled to the brim with history. But in Istanbul, history is being removed with a bulldozer. The old Ottoman Istanbul can scarcely be found. ... The city has become part of a development that Robert Kaplan once called the new nomadism. Millions of people rotate between this city and that one, while the cities themselves become more closely linked, and more similar, to each other. Kaplan calls them 'Metroplexes'. And my home town of Amsterdam is one of them. People don't put down roots in such cities. The historic sections are merely open-air museums now. But there is also a counter-reaction. … We people have a great knack at making cities anonymous. But we also have a great ability to make them our own again."

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