I have proved myself as neither an enthusiastic nor as a good blogger, not least because I rarely do anything interesting enough to warrant mention. But having arrived back early this morning from a trip to the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik, I want to jot a few of my thoughts down - partly because some of … Continue reading Ostalgie
News agencies have yet to grow tired of reporting on the various antics of new US President Donald Trump. In Germany, articles about Donald Trump and the Trump administration comprised 4 of the top 6 stories on the Deutsche Welle website as of 15 February 2017. In the English-speaking media, the daily quota is typically … Continue reading Alternative Definitions of Extremism: Trump’s Rebranding Campaign
With the disappointment of resolutions already unfulfilled coupled with the inescapable bathos that sets in around a week into any new year, as you realise that the world is largely the same as it was before, I’ve returned to my small corner of German obscurity. In an attempt to further my so far inauspicious career … Continue reading Snowy Sunday in Saarbrücken
Another day, another bombing. The images of children killed by government airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo last week were horrific to behold, but they were not surprising. Such images have become tinged with that precursor of contempt – familiarity. Like it or not, horrendous violence against the innocent is apparently such an expected part of what … Continue reading The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?
It has been quite a year for extremism. We have seen the expansion of Islamic State territory in Iraq and Syria, the Brexit referendum and its aftershocks, and now perhaps the greatest surprise of all – President-elect Trump. In one way or another, these events are all the result of radical shifts in worldwide public … Continue reading Paris: One Year On
Most of us in the English-speaking world do not learn foreign languages. After all, why should we? We can get by almost everywhere in the world with English and most foreigners, the younger generation at least, have a basic grasp of the language. There is a well-known statistic that there are more people in China … Continue reading The Sound of German
It's bucketing down and the sun is setting, and in my book that is enough to scupper my attempts (albeit not very enthusiastic ones) to go for a run. So instead, I've made a cup of tea, grabbed a handful of the brownies I made in post-Trump baking hysteria and have sat down to write … Continue reading Auslandsjahr Anfang