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Information - Denmark | 13/10/2006

Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's other voice

The chief editor of the daily's culture section writes that the jury's decision to award the Nobel Prize in Literature to Orhan Pamuk is also a political statement: "Turkey is in the midst of a very difficult process of coming closer to the West while at the same time trying to preserve its cultural heritage. In a way, Pamuk stands for all those things that are changing too quickly for Turkey's liking. In Europe, people see Pamuk as the Turk who takes a critical view of his own country. He was the first writer in the Muslim world to condemn the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and to commit himself to the cause of freedom of speech. In Turkey, on the other hand, he is perceived as a European who takes a critical view of the nation's internal affairs. Some accuse him of fouling his own nest. It's not always easy for a country to find the right words to express its feelings when one of its most unpopular representatives wins the world's most prestigious literary prize. So the big question now is how Turkey will react."

Information - Denmark | 05/05/2006

Peter Nielsen on Freedom and the end of WW2

Denmark was liberated from the German occupying forces on May 5, 1945. Peter Nielsen, head of the feature section of the newspaper founded in the resistance, laments that the memory of those times is fading. "The events between 1940 and 1945 are so important for understanding the Danes and their mentality. It's not an exaggeration to say that the Danish character was formed during that traumatic time. Accounts of what happened back then remind us that then, as now, the present consisted of many paradoxes and dilemmas. They also remind us that freedom cannot be taken for granted, but must constantly be fought for. Even today!... The path from freedom to servitude is shorter than people living in the prosperous societies of Denmark and Western Europe think.

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