02192017
JVG

We Can Solve Every Problem

Thuringia’s minister president Bodo Ramelow states that the lack of “a clear difference between the bourgeois-conservative camp and the left wing-liberal camp” poses a problem for German politics. In our exclusive interview, Ramelow also outlines his hands-on approach to the task of integrating refugees into German society and the labor market, introducing the idea of an integration contract…
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Making the World a Better Place…

… is the aim of Katarina Barley, the German Social Democrats recently appointed secretary general. In an exclusive interview with JVG, Barley speaks about her party’s policies for people who are struggling, mobilizing voters and the female approach to power. Barley states firmly that “Israel’s right to exist is something that our party defends everywhere and against everyone”…
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Philosophers Beat Hitler

During WWII, the US Office of Strategic Services, predecessor of the CIA, enlisted the help of famous German emigrant philosophers like Marcuse, Kirchheimer et al. The protagonists of the Frankfurt School compiled intelligence reports on Nazi Germany, evaluating the social and political mood. Jewish Intelligence thus played a major role in developing Allied wartime strategy…
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Music Can Offer Hope

Michael Naumann, former German Secretary of Culture, now director of the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, knows that “joint music making can help foster harmony between two Middle-Eastern peoples embroiled in conflict.” Naumann takes a clear stance about Maestro Barenboim being disinvited by Tehran and speaks of his suspicions about intellectuals and their salvational theories...
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Deep Friendship

“Israel’s security is of paramount importance to us,” says German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in an exclusive interview with JVG. With regard to the negotiations with Iran he states: “The only deal we will sign will be one that provides Israel with greater security.” Steinmeier also explains why the current TTIP talks are a unique opportunity for setting global standards...