Category: Germany

Genocide Commemoration after Recognition in Germany

Genocide Commemoration after Recognition in Germany

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Since the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed a resolution on the Armenian Genocide last year in June, the focus has shifted from the demand for recognition to other concerns; on the one hand, there has been further study of the role of Imperial Germany in the Genocide […]

Cloak and Dagger in German-Turkish Relations

Cloak and Dagger in German-Turkish Relations

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — The news that the Turkish intelligence agency MIT was not only spying on German citizens in their home country, but had requested help in this pursuit from the German intelligence service BND, signaled a new low-point in Berlin-Ankara relations. Relations had already been poisoned by wild […]

German Official Accuses Turkey of ‘Intolerable’ Spying

German Official Accuses Turkey of ‘Intolerable’ Spying

BERLIN (AFP) — A German state minister on Tuesday, March 28, accused Turkey of “unacceptable” spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup attempt last year. “It is notable with what intensity and ruthlessness the people living abroad are being investigated,” said Boris Pistorius, […]

Analysis: The Sick Man on the Bosporus

Analysis: The Sick Man on the Bosporus

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — In the late 19th century, the cliché phrase making the rounds of the imperial palaces in Europe, was that the Ottoman Empire, a creature in which they all had their vested interests, was the sick man of Europe. The means the Great Powers devised to cure […]

AKP in Campaign Frenzy: Crossing the Red Lines

AKP in Campaign Frenzy: Crossing the Red Lines

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Few could have imagined the depth to which relations between Germany and Turkey have sunk over the past weeks. No matter how accustomed one has become with outrageous statements issuing from Ankara, who could have predicted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would accuse the government […]

In Praise of Folly

In Praise of Folly

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator ROSENMONTAG, Germany — If it were not so tragic, it would be comical. That might be one way of reflecting on current political developments. But then, perhaps the best way to deal with the tragic, as Shakespeare has taught us, is to turn to comedy: to use it, […]

Turkish Diplomats Seek Asylum in Germany

Turkish Diplomats Seek Asylum in Germany

BERLIN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Germany says it has received 136 asylum requests from Turks holding diplomatic passports since the July coup attempt against the Turkish president, the BBC reports. The figure is a total for the period August 2016 to January 2017, German media report. Turkey has urged Germany not to grant asylum to any military […]

Architecture as Witness to Genocide

Architecture as Witness to Genocide

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator CONSTANCE, Germany — For almost a decade, a photographic exhibition on the “Nakba,” the expulsion of the Palestinians from their lands in 1947-48, has been travelling around Germany, and in virtually every site, the organizers from the Association of Refugee Children in Lebanon have run up against opposition. […]