John Rosenthal

John Rosenthal writes on European politics and transatlantic relations. More of his work can be found at Transatlantic Intelligencer.

Obama’s Snitch Program: “Chicago” Politics or EU Politics?


The Obama administration’s call for Internet-users to flag “fishy” e-mails or websites opposing health-care reform legislation has sparked charges that the administration is engaging in “Chicago” politics. The use of this metaphor has gone hand in hand with speculation that the administration might use the data thus gathered to compile an “enemies list.” But if […]

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The “Good Arguments” of the Islamists?


During a recent visit to Kyrgyzstan, reporter Michael Ludwig of Germany’s leading daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), spoke with one “Sanjar”, a local leader of the Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir al Islamijja or “Islamic Party of Liberation”. On Ludwig’s account, Sanjar made clear that the goal of Hizb ut-Tahrir is the establishment of Islamic rule […]

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Honduran Archbishop Blasts Zelaya and Chavez


An article published by the Catholic news agency Zenit quotes Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, as saying that the Catholic Church is “not taking sides” in the current conflict in Honduras. But this is hardly the impression one gets from a lengthy interview with Cardinal Rodriguez published today in the German daily […]

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Obama: Working with the Pope to Help the World?


“Obama: Working with the Pope to Help the World.” This is the title of an interview with President Obama that appeared in the Italian Catholic paper Avvenire last week in anticipation of Obama’s meeting with Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow. According to the editorial director of Avvenire, Dino Boffo, the invitation came from the White House. As […]

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Climate Change and Nazism: Sarko Said It First


Much of the blogosphere is presently up in arms about Al Gore comparing the “battle against climate change” to that against Hitler and Nazi Germany. But in fact Gore’s remarks are not particularly novel. Only one month ago, none other than French President Nicolas Sarkozy made precisely the same comparison during the ceremonies marking the […]

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