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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 25/06/2008

Exchanging blows over Europe's future

In the wake of the Irish rejection of the Treaty of Lisbon, German philosopher Jürgen Habermas expressed his views on the background of the vote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. European Commissioner Günter Verheugen then criticised Habermas, who was quick to respond in turn. The Frankfürter Allgemeine Zeitung is delighted with this public exchange of blows. "It is no small thing when the topic of Europe ... manages to make such a battle-hardened political philosopher like Habermas livid with rage. Once again, Habermas is not focusing on any individual area of politics, but ... on the European ethos and the political role of the public sphere. ... His claim runs: Europe does not deserve to suffocate in the intricacies of its own political system. Rather, we owe it to Europe to accord it the freedom of thought. If we are going to talk about Europe at all, then please, let us do it like this! So obsessed, so personally driven and so belligerently! ... Habermas beats his adversary Verheugen about the ears with his own political rhetoric. ... Habermas does not praise the Irish veto, but neither does he condemn it. He takes it as an occasion to renew his plea for a two-speed Europe, the so-called gradual integration. ... One can agree with this or not. [But] aided recall such as this seems indispensable to prevent Europe from silting up in technocratic palaver."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 22/08/2007

Stefan Aust on the RAF phenomenon

Stefan Aust, chief editor of the German weekly Der Spiegel and author of a book about the Red Army Faction (RAF), which was responsible for carrying out a series of terrorist attacks in the 1970s, talks about the RAF phenomenon in an interview with Christian Geyer and Frank Schirrmacher. "Normally we're prevented from becoming extreme in the terrorist sense - by a relatively intact social system and a relatively intact economical system, by the fact that the police are responsible for establishing law and order and no one wants to go to prison. The members of the RAF were forced to create the state of war they constantly invoked... That meant going underground and looking at the world from the observation slits of a tank and regarding the police as the enemy, 'the pigs', as [RAF terrorist] Ulrike Meinhof would say. So they got caught up in the delusion that the society in which they lived was fascist and that the Federal Republic of Germany differed only slightly from the Third Reich. They plunged themselves into a situation which allowed them to fabricate a state of emergency."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 22/03/2007

Christian Geyer on the relationship between religion and the law

The verdict of a judge in Frankfurt has caused an uproar in Germany. The judge ruled that wife-battering was not sufficient grounds for speeding up the divorce of a German woman of Moroccan origin because this kind of thing was normal practice in Moroccan society. She even quoted the Koran. "In her interpretation of cultural relativism she not only regards beating as justified by religion, but also considers this religious justification to be relevant for a court ruling," complains German journalist Christian Geyer, adding: "Yet this case goes beyond the marriage in question and raises issues that are fundamental to the whole debate about integration. Should religion be so tolerant about letting its content be aligned with liberal-secular legal views? In certain aspects of the integration debate theological criteria are still granted a certain degree of autonomy which - precisely for theological reasons - is questionable. What we're talking about here is destroying a fiction about religious preservation which is aimed at withdrawing the question of its cultural repercussions from secular debate."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 22/05/2006

Debate on xenophobia in Germany

Christian Geyer says the criticism Uwe-Karsten Heyes' warning has provoked is absurd. He argues that it's essential to call this threat to foreign visitors by its name: "We are observing a measure of stubbornness from both state and local politicians which can no longer simply be passed off as 'glossing over the facts'. Their policy is simply 'Don't say anything about our region unless it's good,' despite racist verbal attacks, violence and even manslaughter... It's not Heye's comments about dangerous areas in Germany that are counterproductive – such areas are not confined to Eastern Germany. It's counterproductive when there has to be a dispute even about recognising this fact just because some football-crazy dreamers are trying to sell us a false bill of goods with the slogan 'A time to make friends', instead of investing money in preventive measures and police protection."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 02/02/2006

Mohammed Cartoon Dispute

According to Christian Geyer, the decision of several European newspapers to reprint the cartoons is long overdue. "Since the forced apology issued by the Danish newspaper, the dispute has escalated to a point at which the only way to de-escalate the situation is not to give in, but to publish the cartoons. Only by uniting in defence of the principles of democratic public life will Europe be able to relieve the pressure on a single newspaper and a single country currently being blackmailed. They naturally can't stand up to the pressure on their own. Only by uniting in solidarity will Europe be able to make it clear that religious fundamentalists who don't respect the difference between satire and blasphemy have a problem not only with Denmark, but with the entire Western world."

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