Mama Merkel rückt das Bild vom „hässlichen Deutschen“ in die Vergangenheit

Es gab einmal eine Zeit, noch immer lebendiger Erinnerung, in der Flüchtlinge verzweifelt versuchten, per Eisenbahn aus Deutschland zu entkommen. Heute sehnen sie sich danach, per Zug einzureisen. „Wir wollen nach Deutschland, weil wir dort unsere Rechte bekommen, dort sind wir willkommen“, sagte ein Flüchtling zu Guardian-Mitarbeiter John Domokos, der sich einer Gruppe angeschlossen hatte, die zu Fuß durch Ungarn marschierte – auf dem Weg in das Land, das die Fliehenden als ultimativen Zufluchtsort sahen: das gelobte Deutschland.

Published by: The Guardian

Aylan Kurdi: this one small life has shown us the way to tackle the refugee crisis

What we learned about ourselves anew this week was something that, in truth, we knew already. We rediscovered a simple, human weakness: that we cannot conceive of an abstract problem, or even a concrete problem involving huge numbers, except through one individual. The old Stalinist maxim about a million deaths being a statistic, a single death a tragedy, was demons trated afresh.

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Football shouldn’t be allowed to deny cricket its moment in the sun

Today at least I had an excuse. Like plenty of others this summer, I’d been sneaking guilty peeks at the cricket during the working day, checking the score, hitting refresh on the webpage, occasionally donning the headphones for a cheeky dose of Test Match Special. Yesterday morning the urge became irresistible, as Australia crumbled, the entire team wiped out in the time it usually takes a team to clear its throat, having scored a paltry 60 runs.

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An invitation to go OTT

You know those disclaimers they put at the end of movies? "No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture." Or, "Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." Well, this is the JC equivalent. "None of the grotesquely over-the-top barmitzvah celebrations about to be mentioned in this column were attended by me personally."

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle

Israel’s hawks can dodge blame for this day of violence

The condemnations are striking but still they ring hollow. Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the arson attack by Jewish settlers on the West Bank home of the Dawabsha family, in which Ali Saad, a baby just 18 months old, was burned to death, as an “act of terrorism in every respect”. Netanyahu was joined by Naftali Bennett, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, which is close to being the political wing of the settlers’ movement. Bennett described the murder as a “horrendous act of terror”. The defence minister, the army, they all condemned this heinous crime.

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Labour must learn to speak human, whatever its policies

Long before Labour lost the election, it lost the war of metaphor. The origins of the defeat go back at least to the long summer of 2010, when the Conservatives returned to power and promptly took control of the national conversation. Instantly they unleashed a series of simple metaphors to explain what had just happened, and the roles they and the Labour party had played in the story. The simplest and most important, repeated for years to come, was: “We’re clearing up the mess we inherited.”

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Three-minute analysis: Alexis Tsipras has been an abysmal failure for Greece – video

Greece has come to an agreement with its European creditors that will allow it to stay within the eurozone – at a heavy cost. Columnist Jonathan Freedland and economics editor Larry Elliott discuss the late-night deal that the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has agreed to – one that heaps further austerity on his country's economy and appears less favourable than what was previously on offer Continue reading...

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