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Kappert, Ines

Kappert, Ines

Dr. Ines Kappert is opinion editor of Die Tageszeitung. Prior to that she worked in the field of cultural exchange with Eastern Europe for the German Federal Cultural Foundation. In 2006 she published: "Sprung in die Stadt: Chisinău, Sofia, Pristina, Sarajewo, Warschau, Zagreb, Ljubljana". Her book "Der Mann in der Krise. Eine konservative Kapitalismuskritik in der Mainstreamkultur" will appear in April 2008.

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1.  Debate | 05/02/2008

Coming to terms with the past in Eastern Europe

A central question for Europe's post-communist states is how to deal with the legacy of the old regimes, in particular the secret police files. Should they be closed and forgotten or made accessible to the public for review? » more

5 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far.

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 16/09/2013

Femen reaffirms male perspective

After a documentary revealed that the topless activists of Femen have been led for years by an authoritarian man, a Belgian section split off from the feminist group last week. Femen confirmed the predominance of the male perspective - unlike the performance artist Valie Export for instance, the left-leaning daily taz concludes: "Export stood in a pedestrian zone in 1968, her naked breasts covered only by a cardboard box that opened to the front. She invited all male passers-by to fondle her breasts. ... The Femen actions have started to lack the momentum that turned the actors into directors and the public into the subject of the discussion. The activists came across instead as attractive, aggressive and frequently as dumb; they reaffirmed a cliché about women rather than criticising it. And they acted like they were the first group of women to campaign against prostitution. Even this bare-breasted obliviousness to history follows a standardised, media-propagated, patriarchal logic."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 04/12/2012

Feminist pioneer now passé

Many German papers have congratulated the feminist journalist and magazine publisher Alice Schwarzer on her 70th birthday. The left-leaning daily taz is annoyed that so many people hail her as the face of the German women's movement even though she has little to say on current debates about equal opportunities: "Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner fighting for a women's quota in company boards, or Ursula von der Leyen, the CDU politician [and current German Minister of Labour] who introduced paid parental leave for fathers, or even René Obermann, the former Deutsche Telekom boss who introduced a 30 percent women's quota in 'his' company: they are all far more prominent and influential than Alice Schwarzer regarding current issues of social emancipation . ... Schwarzer has said and written important things on the sexual liberation of women. Today's socially relevant and controversial movements and debates, however, centre on equal opportunities in the professional world and an equal legal footing for fathers. Alice Schwarzer has never led the debate on such issues, and has always been just one among many protagonists."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 01/12/2010

Creating a global public sphere

Wikileaks is publishing new content from the leaked US classified cables each day on the Internet. This method of publication restores some freedom to readers and creates a global public sphere, writes the leftist tageszeitung approvingly: "Democracy can only function on the basis of transparency - yet at the same time it requires the option of secrecy. We are now moving within this tense relationship. It is fascinating to see how these opposing needs are now being balanced as readers watch. ... Journalists and all online readers are naturally watching closely what the competition abroad reveals - the sovereignty of the national editing departments in interpreting information is being put to the test. ... In this sense Wikileaks is showing once more that what we read in the press is what was thought and known at a particular point in time. To what extent this corresponds to reality must be subject to continual re-examination. ... The notion of the informed reader is dangerous populism, some say. True. But without it there can be no democracy."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 20/11/2007

Shootings among youths

Ines Kappert notes that following the foiled school attack in Cologne "the usual explanations" are coming into play. Yet she adds that the reaction of both the police and the school was correct in many respects. "Teachers took the warnings of alarmed pupils seriously and the school management was aware that November 20, 2007 is the anniversary of the massacre at a school in Emsdetten. It realised that shootings at schools are part of a global phenomenon which seriously disturbed pupils like Rolf B. want to be part of - because they crave attention, because they want revenge and because they believe all other forms of communication have failed them." Nonetheless, Kappert criticises the fact that the student in question was sent home after questioning: "Sending violently disposed, disoriented youths on their way is certainly not the solution."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 26/10/2007

Jakob Tanner on Swiss populism

Following the election victory of the right-wing populist SVP, Swiss social historian Jakob Tanner explains his theories about the future direction of the Swiss brand of populism. In an interview with Ines Kappert he says: "Switzerland has never been a leftist country. Moreover, throughout the 20th century the fear of foreign infiltration was intense. In the 1930s Swiss nationalists played a pioneering role in the spread of xenophobic, anti-conservative propaganda. But back then it was still possible to control such tendencies. What's different now is that since the 1990s the SVP has been systematically undermining the conservative policies of the state which were always directed towards maintaining a fine balance and upholding liberal values. ... The fact that this small, neutral nation state is able to negotiate with the EU on a bilateral level and can therefore pick and choose what it likes has promoted the view that Switzerland can bolster its prosperity by securing a parasitic, niche function for itself."

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