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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 14/10/2009

Lies in a high moral tone

Commenting on the Frankfurt Book Fair and this year's Guest of Honour China, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau writes: "Hey, there are complaints about human rights abuses and other injustices in China. Yet our criticism of this, as trite as it is, will remain silent about the fact that our Chinese friends have become what they are today, namely powerful. And the same will be true in Frankfurt, because we profited from their cheap labour for decades - without complaining. So as happens at every Book Fair, this year too there will be a lot of lies spoken in a high moralising tone. And as usual we're not supposed to care. Because in 15 years at most China will be even more of a global economic powerhouse and therefore finance our pensions."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 08/09/2009

Let's not waste our energy on fight against Google

The EU Commission wants to consider new copyrights regulations in a move to counteract Google's plans to digitalise books. The left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: "It's a confession of failure that libraries across the world are making their treasures available to Google solely because there is not enough public funding available for them to digitalise them themselves. Certainly people can rail against the exploitation and expropriation of intellectual property, but is it any better to leave 'our' valuable cultural assets rotting away somewhere in analogue format?. We cannot stop the global tide towards the digitalisation of cultural goods. Our culture and language will only be preserved globally in a digitalised - and hence generally accessible - form. Or should everything only be written in English in future? The US is acting in a forward-looking way, and China and India also seem far ahead. So instead of wasting our energy in the fight against Google, Europe and Germany should finally do more for their own cultural assets."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 20/06/2006

Christian Schlüter on the new wave of German patriotism

Under the auspices of the World Cup, many people in Germany are showing nationalist fervour for the first time. The terms "new" and "friendly" are often used in conjunction with this new wave of patriotism. Christian Schlüter has nothing against the flag-waving football fans, but he takes a critical view of the phenomenon: "More worrying are the countless offers to give people's life a new meaning and appeals to national identity with which we have been regaled for at least half a year now by journalists with nationalist leanings. The intellectual content of the message basically boils down to the slogan 'Du bist Deutschland!' (you are Germany). A certain sense of weariness with history and an attitude of bold nonchalance is spreading across the country... The drop in intellectual standards is making nationalism a matter of indifference: Everything can be anything. Take, for example, the slogan of the Sudeten German Homeland Association at its Whitsun meeting: 'Expulsion is genocide!' Revisionism, it seems, has now also become a German trade mark."

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