Posts tagged ‘judaism’

October 13, 2010

New report finds Germany swinging towards the right

FOR MONTHS IN THIS SPACE I have been writing about the resurgence of anti-immigrant sentiment and “respectable” far-right parties in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. While such feelings and parties come and go and have rarely amounted to much since 1945, a new report being presented in Berlin today shows that right wing ideas are becoming increasingly acceptable in Germany and have, in fact, moved into “the center of society.” The Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s new 180-page report The Center in Crisis: Far Right Attitudes in Germany in 2010 finds that “in 2010 there was a significant increase in anti-democratic and racist…

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June 9, 2010

Don’t like separation of Church and State? Come to Germany!

THE TEXAS BOARD OF Education has repeatedly captured the headlines in recent months for its attempts to rewrite American history – and even reality itself – by imposing strict ideological guidelines on the Lone Star State’s school textbooks. These guidelines include deemphasizing Thomas Jefferson as a Founding Father because of his promotion of the separation of church and state. I suppose they are within their rights in doing so, but first let me suggest that if American religious conservatives came to Germany, they might come away with a realization that old Thomas J. was a good deal smarter than they give him credit for.

Time are getting tough in Germany now that the federal government in Berlin has passed an unprecedented austerity program, with cuts amounting to over 11 billion Euros by next year. State and local governments are following the capital’s lead. It seems like everything is going to be chopped down to size…

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