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Kommt das Ende der angelsächsischen Welt?

Posted by hkarner - 31. Juli 2017

Kommentar der anderen Timothy Garton Ash, 28. Juli 2017, 17:04, derstandard.at

Donald Trump und Theresa May stehen für einen Irrsinn, der die Führungsrolle der Angelsachsen in der Welt untergräbt. Aber die Feinde der USA und Großbritanniens sollten sich nicht zu früh freuen

Sie müssen aus England sein“, sagt der Drogerieverkäufer in Menlo-Park, Kalifornien. Als ich Präsident Donald Trump erwähne, erwidert er: „Ich will gar nicht über die Angelegenheiten auf Ihrer Seite des Atlantiks reden. Ihre Frau May dort in der Downing Street wird von den Bürokraten in Brüssel (Schimpfwort gelöscht) …“ Dem kann ich nur zustimmen. Aus der Brexit-Bratpfanne ins Trump-Feuer gesprungen, finde ich mich selbst beim Vergleichen beider Umstände wieder – und wundere mich, was denn schlimmer sei.

Der transatlantische Unterschied ist, dass die Briten über eine Sache den Verstand verloren haben und die Amerikaner über einen Mann. Großbritannien wird noch immer von relativ geistesgesunden und seriösen Menschen regiert. Theresa May mag hölzern sein, rigide und überfordert, aber verglichen mit Trump erscheint sie wie Mutter Teresa. Die Sache an sich, der Brexit, ist ein Akt kollektiven Irrsinns und nationaler Selbstzerstörung. Jede weitere Woche bringt Beweise dafür ans Tageslicht, wie schädlich dieser in beinahe jedem Bereich des nationalen Lebens ist und vor allem wie sehr er den „vergessenen“ Brexit-Wähler aus der Arbeiterklasse schadet.

Vom Absinken der Realeinkommen werden sie am schlimmsten betroffen sein. Trump war einer der wenigen bekannten Ausländer, die den Brexit unterstützt haben. Heute allerdings hält er lieber Händchen mit dem französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron statt mit der britischen Premierministerin. Und er ist ganz leise geworden, wenn es um die zu erwartende Glorie des Brexit geht.

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Europa: 60 Jahre – und ein bisschen leise

Posted by hkarner - 25. März 2017

Kommentar der anderen. Timothy Garton Ash, 24. März 2017, 15:47 derstandard.at

Runde Geburtstage geben Anlass zu Sentimentalitäten. Und je höher das Alter, desto wahrscheinlicher kreisen die Gespräche auf der Party um Krankheiten. Ein paar Worte über eine ältere politische Dame Europa, die sich auf ihre Feier zum 60. Geburtstag heute, Samstag, in Rom vorbereitet, ist in schlechter Verfassung. Ein kürzlich erfolgter Gesundheitscheck ergab eine bald zu amputierende Hand (Gangraena brexitosa), einen schrecklich entzündeten Fuß (Putinisma ukrainica), eine durch eine gefährliche allergische Reaktion (Xenophobia populistica) hervorgerufene Hauterkrankung, die viele Körperteile erfasst hat, ein Geschwür, das den Magen zerfrisst (Eurozonitis), sowie Logorrhö und Gedächtnisverlust. Der Arzt befürchtet auch einen möglichen baldigen Herzstillstand (arrhythmisches Le-Pen-Syndrom). Als Europa in ihren 30ern war, damals in den von Hoffnung erfüllten Jahren nach 1989, verdrehten Ukrainer und Moldauer, Türken und Ägypter ihre Köpfe nach dieser magnetisch attraktiven Frau, wenn sie einen Raum betrat – heute bemerken sie sie nicht. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Split by ‘Brexit,’ May and Merkel Diverge on Wider Issues, Too

Posted by hkarner - 7. Februar 2017

Date: 06-02-2017
Source: The New York Times

May Merkel reading lettersChancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain . The two canceled a planned meeting after a brief exchange during a sightseeing excursion was deemed sufficient.

LONDON — In another era they could have been allies.

Both vicars’ daughters and born just a few years apart, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain share an understated pragmatism and conservative roots, and have made their way in the still largely man’s world of politics. But there could be so much more.

At a time when President Trump is lashing out at friend and foe, and when the macho politics of strongmen is resurgent from Moscow to Manila, when not just the European Union but high-minded Western values, free trade and security alliances are under attack, the two women might have worked together to defend the liberal global order.

Instead, because of Britain’s vote in June to leave the European Union, they find themselves on opposite sides of the biggest divorce in recent European history, a chasm that has fundamentally reordered their priorities and is hindering them from cooperating on the broader issues. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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New American Sanctions on Russia; How Does Putin Respond?

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juli 2014

Why are the US much faster and more effective than the EU? (hfk)

By imposing new sanctions on Russia, the U.S. has declared “financial warfare” on Russia’s already fragile economy. The U.S. has denied access to the U.S. economy and the U.S. financial system to two major Russian banks and energy companies.

(For an explanation of the new and very complex sanctions, click here)

It is by no means clear why these sanctions were imposed (before the downing of the Malaysian jet) nor is it at all clear what Russia needs to do to get the U.S. to rescind the sanctions. But one thing is very clear. Russia has limited retaliatory capabilities.

His chief goal will be to make life miserable for the United States.

He has already begun to do so before the new sanctions on a recent visit to Cuba by forging an agreement to reopen the Lourdes electronic listening post to spy on the U.S. Putin had shut the base in 2001 on the grounds that its cost was prohibitive. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe: the continent for every type of unhappy

Posted by hkarner - 1. Juni 2014

Date: 01-06-2014
Source: The Guardian By Timothy Garton Ash
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European union is meant to provide better lives – a means, not an end. It is now clear the old politics is no longer the answer

‚[European commission president candidate] Jean-Claude Juncker personifies everything protest voters from left to right distrust about remote European elites.‘

On the day the Bastille was stormed in 1789, King Louis XVI wrote in his diary, „rien“. Few European leaders will have typed „nothing“ into their iPads today, but there is a real danger that, in response to the revolutionary cry across the continent, they will in effect do nothing. Today’s rien has a face and a name. The name’s Juncker. Jean-Claude Juncker.

A disastrous „the same only more so“ response from Europe’s leaders would be signalled by taking Juncker – Spitzenkandidat of the largest party grouping in the new European parliament, the centre-right European People’s party – and making him president of the European commission. The canny Luxembourgeois was the longest-serving head of an EU national government, and the chair of the Eurogroup through the worst of the eurozone crisis. Although he has considerable skills as a politician and deal-maker, he personifies everything protest voters from left to right distrust about remote European elites. He is, so to speak, the Louis XVI of the EU. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The New German Question

Posted by hkarner - 5. September 2013

Date: 04-09-2013Garton_Ash_2009
Source: Timothy Garton Ash, NYR

There is a new German question. It is this: Can Europe’s most powerful country lead the way in building both a sustainable, internationally competitive eurozone and a strong, internationally credible European Union? Germany’s difficulties in responding convincingly to this challenge are partly the result of earlier German questions and the solutions found to them. Yesterday’s answers have sown the seeds of today’s question.

Before I explore those historical connections, however, let us reflect on everything that this new German question is not. Twenty-three years after unification, the enlarged Federal Republic of Germany is about as solid a bourgeois liberal democracy as you can find on earth. It has not only absorbed the huge costs of unification but also, since 2003, made impressive economic reforms, lowering labor costs by consensus and hence restoring its global competitiveness.

This land is civilized, free, prosperous, law-abiding, moderate, and cautious. Its many virtues might be summarized as “the banality of the good.” Asked by the tabloid BILD-Zeitung what feelings Germany awakes in her, Angela Merkel once famously replied, “I think of well-sealed windows! No other country can make such well-sealed and nice windows [dichte und schöne Fenster].”1 Yet the place is not altogether so banal. Opening the well-sealed windows of my hotel room in Berlin, I look across Unter den Linden to the illuminated, translucent dome of the Reichstag building, at the heart of what is now, after London, Europe’s most exciting city.2 Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Next Europe: Toward a Federal Union

Posted by hkarner - 19. August 2013

By far the best concrete proposal on a Federal Europe I have seen so far. Although the political slant of the majority of politicians (not all economists nor central bankers) is obvious (socialist) hfk

Date: 19-08-2013Berggruen cc
Source: Foreign Affairs

NICOLAS BERGGRUEN(picture)  is Founder and President of Berggruen Holdings and Chair of the Berggruen Institute on Governance’s Council for the Future of Europe. NATHAN GARDELS is a Senior Adviser at the Berggruen Institute on Governance and Editor of New Perspectives Quarterly.

The Crisis of Europe

Comment by Timothy Garton Ash

After World War II, Europe began a process of peaceful political unification unprecedented there and unmatched anywhere else. But the project began to go wrong in the early 1990s, when western European leaders started moving too quickly toward a flawed monetary union. Now, as Europe faces a still-unresolved debt crisis, its drive toward unification has stalled — and unless fear or foresight gets it going again, the union could slide toward irrelevance

When the heads of the EU’s three major institutions — the European Commission, the European Council, and the European Parliament — collected the Nobel Peace Prize together in Oslo last December, they spotlighted the vague mandate and lack of institutional clarity that are at the core of the organization’s current problems. Unless these institutions can garner legitimacy among European citizens and transform the EU into a real federal union, with common fiscal and economic policies to complement its single currency, Europe will be worried by its future as much as its past and continue to find its social model battered by the gales of an ever more competitive global economy. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Angela Merkel needs all the help she can get

Posted by hkarner - 12. Februar 2012

Wenn der Garton Ash (wohl der beste europ. Historiker mit Hobsbawm) das sagt, dann wird es wohl stimmen! (hfk)

Date: 11-02-2012
Source: The Guardian: Timothy Garton Ash

Few had anticipated the leadership dilemmas of a European Germany in a German Europe

In 1953 the novelist Thomas Mann appealed to an audience of students in Hamburg to strive for „not a German Europe but a European Germany“. This stirring pledge was endlessly repeated at the time of German unification. Today we have a variation that few foresaw: a European Germany in a German Europe.

Angela Merkel’s Berlin republic is a European Germany, in the rich, positive sense that the great novelist had come to use the term. It is free, civilised, democratic, law-bound, and socially and environmentally conscious. It’s far from perfect, obviously, but as good as any other big country in Europe – and the best Germany we’ve ever had. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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‚We Are Still Doing Too Well‘

Posted by hkarner - 26. November 2011

 Timothy Garton Ash at his very best! (hfk)

Date: 25-11-2011
Source: SPIEGEL
Subject: Interview with Timothy Garton Ash

‚We Are Still Doing Too Well‘

In a SPIEGEL interview, Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash discusses the current crisis in the EU and the apparent lack of political passion for the project in the Merkel-Sarkozy generation. The author also explains why he believes young Europeans will start to mobilize if they fear the freedoms of their „easyJet Europe“ are under threat.

SPIEGEL: Professor Garton Ash, let’s assume you are a doctor and Europe is your patient. What’s your diagnosis?

Garton Ash: Europe is a woman, now middle-aged, who has already had a number of heart attacks and is currently experiencing the biggest health crisis of her life, but one that need not be fatal.

SPIEGEL: What’s making Europe sick?

Garton Ash: The reason the crisis can have such a strong effect is that the big engines of the European project are no longer running. I’m talking about the passionately engaged politicians with their personal memories of the war, the occupation, the dictatorship, the Holocaust and the Soviet threat. That’s why they promoted the project. (United States President) Barack Obama means well, but he is not as interested in and committed to Europe as earlier American presidents were. Germany was a major engine of the European unification process for 40 years, but it isn’t anymore. Add to that the crisis of a poorly conceived monetary union. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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