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In her “letter from Europe” (International New York Times, 21.4.2015), Celestine Bohlin correctly writes that in France, Petain – the president of the French puppet state in Vichy during WW2 – is seen as a traitor. Between Ukraine and Russia there is no consensus on the memory of the war, with competing narratives. It’s hard… » read more

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Europe finds itself very close to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and shows an increasing interest in contributing to a sustainable and just solution to the conflict. Last December the European Parliament voted with overwhelming majority for a resolution supporting in principle the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state resolution. The Parliament added, to Israel’s satisfaction,… » read more

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Do national hymns matter?

Countries have national hymns which are singed at celebrations, solemn occasions and sport events. Less known is that the Council of Europe and the European Union have the same anthem – “Ode to Joy” with words written in 1785 by the German poet Friedrich Schiller and music composed by Beethoven in 1823 (his 9th symphony).… » read more

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I was attracted to Florian Pantazi’s blog on 29.10 by its catching title (see http://florianpantazi.blogactiv.eu/2014/10/where-both-the-us-and-the-hungarian-governments-are-wrong/). However, I was surprised after reading it. It contains “ethnic slurs” which are forbidden according to EurActiv’s blogging guidelines. In his blog plost, Pantazi makes an issue of the Jewish origin of the American diplomat Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of… » read more

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Sermons on Jewish holidays

In his article “The community of expulsion” (INYT, 7 Oct), Roger Cohen complains that he did not hear any sermon about Israel and the Palestinians when he visited his reform synagogue in London during the recent Jewish high holidays. Although he understands that these holidays “are days to look inward”, he thinks that the rabbis… » read more

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Anti-liberal post-Zionism

If the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas holds, it should be an opportunity for Israel to revisit its policy and offer Hamas a comprehensive deal which it cannot reject without losing its support among the Palestinians and any sympathy it may have gained abroad. While the war united the Israelis, it didn’t bridge the political… » read more

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Britain’s iron fist

Re:”Britain’s not-so-iron fist” (Letter, INYT, June 25): Jay Stonehill claims that Britain, contrary to France, ruled its colonies in the Mid-East with silk gloves and preferred to allow local leaders to stay in place as long as they followed British dictates. This is not accurate. When Britain suppressed the Arab revolt in 1936 – 1939… » read more

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The Munich analogy

In his article on the lessons learned from Sarajevo 1914 and Munich 1938 (January 7, FT), Gideon Rachman limits the “Munich analogy” to the appeasement policy in 1938 and the notorious Munich agreement when Czechoslovakia was sacrificed by the allied powers. In fact, appeasement and defeatism continued and contributed to Nazi-Germany’s victories in the beginning… » read more

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