Appeasing the Uzbek Dictator: Who's Afraid of the Ruler of the Silk Road?

Appeasing the Uzbek Dictator: Who's Afraid of the Ruler of the Silk Road?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2010

Uzbekistan is both a nation of terror led by brutal dictator Islam Karimov and a partner of the West that is an important staging ground for NATO's war in Afghanistan. Its story is best told through the eyes of two men -- the flamboyant former British ambassador and the current top German diplomat in the country. By Erich Follath and Christian Neef more...

Dreaming of Snow Leopards: Nazarbayev Dictates a Bright Future for Kazakhstan

Dreaming of Snow Leopards: Nazarbayev Dictates a Bright Future for Kazakhstan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2010

Kazakhstan has oil, coal and uranium -- and a capital full of stunning architecture. President Nursultan Nazarbayev hopes his country can become the region's leading economy, but his heavy-handed cult of personality is not universally welcomed. Others worry about China's growing influence. By Erich Follath and Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Europe's Capital of Anti-Semitism: Budapest Experiences A New Wave of Hate

Europe's Capital of Anti-Semitism: Budapest Experiences A New Wave of Hate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2010

Budapest survived fascism and communism and blossomed after the fall of the Iron Curtain. But the Hungarian capital is experiencing a rebirth of anti-Semitism. The far-right Jobbik is now the country's third largest party and Jews are being openly intimidated. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

'A Completely Lawless Place': Kyrgyzstan Has Become an Ungovernable Country

'A Completely Lawless Place': Kyrgyzstan Has Become an Ungovernable Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2010

In the wake of ethnic violence in June that killed almost 2,000 people, Kyrgyzstan has been plagued by violence and lawlessness. Now the country is to become the first parliamentary republic in Central Asia. But is it ready for democracy? By Erich Follath and Christian Neef in Osh, Kyrgyzstan more... Comment ]

The Sarrazin Debate: Germany Is Becoming Islamophobic

The Sarrazin Debate: Germany Is Becoming Islamophobic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2010

Thilo Sarrazin's comments about Muslims have triggered outrage in Germany and abroad, but have met with willing listeners among the general public. His rhetoric is slowly bringing about change in Germany, transforming it from a tolerant society into one dominated by fear and Islamophobia. A commentary by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

The Dragon's Embrace: China's Soft Power Is a Threat to the West

The Dragon's Embrace: China's Soft Power Is a Threat to the West

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2010

China may have no intentions of using its growing military might, but that is of little comfort for Western countries. From the World Trade Organization to the United Nations, Beijing is happy to use its soft power to get what it wants -- and it is wrong-footing the West at every turn. By Erich Follath more...

Cambodia's Version of the Nuremberg Trials: Was Verdict in First Khmer Rouge Case Too Lenient?

Cambodia's Version of the Nuremberg Trials: Was Verdict in First Khmer Rouge Case Too Lenient?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2010

The Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia delivered its first verdict this week. Although Kaing Guek Eav will remain in prison for many years, the judges reduced his sentence substantially for time already served. Still, it's the next and most important case that will determine whether the tribunals are any more than a $150 million farce funded by the international community. A Commentary by Erich Follath more...

Middle East Debate: Achieving iPeace with Steve Jobs

Middle East Debate: Achieving iPeace with Steve Jobs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2010

Are Germans allowed to criticize Israel? Spiegel reporters Erich Follath and Henryk M. Broder debated this question in a recently published exchange of letters. The dialogue continues here in the second of two letters addressing the Middle East conflict. By Erich Follath more...

Middle East Debate: Ban TV from the Holy Land!

Middle East Debate: Ban TV from the Holy Land!

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2010

Are Germans allowed to criticize Israel? Spiegel reporters Erich Follath and Henryk M. Broder debated this question in a recently published exchange of letters. The dialogue continues here in the first of two letters addressing the Middle East conflict. more...

Iran Nuclear Deal: Brazil's Lula Vaults into Big League of World Diplomacy

Iran Nuclear Deal: Brazil's Lula Vaults into Big League of World Diplomacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2010

Brimming with confidence, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva is raising his country's global status with increasing forays into international politics. In his most recent coup, he convinced Iran to agree to a controversial nuclear deal. Could it offer an opportunity to avoid both sanctions and war? By Erich Follath and Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]