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Europe commemorates World War I

The First World War began 100 years ago. The conflict radically changed the face of Europe and left an indelible mark on the 20th century. Amid hero worship, nostalgia and historical awareness, how is Europe commemorating the Great War?

L'Alsace - France | Tuesday, 11. November 2014

World War commemoration must not be a spectalcle

As part of the Remembrance Day celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, French President François Hollande will inaugurate a memorial in Saint Nazaire on the Atlantic coast bearing the names of 580,000 soldiers this Tuesday. The regional paper L'Alsace warns against celebrating the event with too much pomp: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 4. August 2014

For Simon Jenkins world war commemoration is pornography of violence

The countless commemorative ceremonies and intensive reporting on the start of the First World War in Britain testify not only to a cult of remembrance devoid of all meaning but also to the cynicism of British politicians, columnist Simon Jenkins writes in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Monday, 4. August 2014

Andrew Hammond doesn't fear a repeat of 1914

The First World War began 100 years ago with Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia. Writing for the left-liberal daily The Irish Independent, political analyst and former government advisor Andrew Hammond doesn't believe the current tensions in global politics will culminate in a new world war: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Monday, 4. August 2014

Yves Desmet on the delicate commemoration of WWI

International heads of state will convene in Belgium on Monday to commemorate the start of the First World War 100 years ago. But the ceremonies must be more than lip service, the left-liberal daily De Morgen admonishes: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 31. July 2014

Juan Claudio de Ramón Jacob-Ernst mourns the murder of Jean Jaurès

The socialist politician and historian Jean Jaurès was shot a hundred years ago today by a French nationalist. A few days later the socialist parties of Europe gave up their anti-war stance and voted in the national parliaments in favour of the war loans. Jaurès' voice could have changed the course of history, diplomat Juan Claudio de Ramón Jacob-Ernst laments in the liberal daily El País: » more

L´Hebdo - Switzerland | Sunday, 20. July 2014

First World War an eternal mystery

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I, new publications and media reports continue to captivate readers. The weekly magazine l'Hebdo offers an explanation: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 7. July 2014

For René Cuperus the German-French friendship is not decisive

The European project is mistakenly based on the myth of the German-French friendship as the ultimate guarantee for peace, cultural historian René Cuperus warns in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 1. July 2014

Bosnia has learned no lessons from WWI

Ceremonies commemorating the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 100 years ago took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the weekend. The official act of state took place in Sarajevo, while the Bosnian Serbs organised a separate event in Andrićgrad. Nothing has changed in the last 100 years, the conservative daily Večernji List rails: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Friday, 27. June 2014

Princip debate just a side issue

The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which marked the start of the First World War 100 years ago, will be commemorated in Sarajevo on Saturday. The disagreement between Bosnians and Serbs over whether the Bosnian Serb attacker Gavrilo Princip was a hero or a criminal shouldn't be over-emphasised, the conservative daily Večer writes: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Thursday, 26. June 2014

Think big in Ypres

The EU heads of state and government will meet this time in the Belgian municipality of Ypres, the scene of many battles during the First World War. In view of the significance of the location, the left-liberal daily Politiken hopes the summit will be marked by success: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Wounds of Yugoslav Wars haven't healed

Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolić announced on Monday that he won't be attending the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in Sarajevo. He implied that the Bosnian state still holds Serbia responsible for the death and destruction during Sarajevo's occupation in the Bosnian War. Europe should focus more on the open wounds inflicted during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera demands: » more

Sega - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 12. February 2014

Svetoslav Abrosimov worried about Europe's powder keg

A growing number of people in the Balkans are protesting against the social and political problems there. The current unrest in Bosnia and Herzegovina was preceded by protests in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and twenty years after the Yugoslav Wars, Europe's powder keg once more threatens to explode, columnist Svetoslav Abrosimov warns in the daily Sega: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 30. January 2014

Simon Jenkins on Britain's sickening world war nostalgia

The British will commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I this year on a grand scale. But the way they are going about it is hard to bear, columnist Simon Jenkins writes in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 17. January 2014

For Hido Biščević, Europe is as weak as in 1914

A hundred years after the outbreak of World War I, Europe still has the same dangerous weak points, columnist Hido Biščević points out in the liberal daily Jutarnji List: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Wednesday, 25. December 2013

Standstill like before World War I

Europe's paralysis in the euro crisis is reminiscent of the months leading up to the First World War, writes columnist Wolfgang Münchau in the news portal Spiegel Online: » more


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