Author: Christoph Hasselbach

The Failed Coup: Remembering the July 20 Plot to Assassinate Hitler Eighty years ago, on July 20, 1944, a bomb planted by German officer Claus von Stauffenberg went off in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler at the Wolf’s Lair military headquarters. Stauffenberg was the central figure in a coup attempt by conservative circles within the German regime. Despite the bombing, Hitler survived with minor injuries, leading to the failure of the coup. Stauffenberg and other conspirators were swiftly executed. The resistance was not about success, but about taking a stand against tyranny and risking their lives. The legacy of…

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Eighty years ago, on July 20, 1944, a bomb exploded in the conference room of the Wolf’s Lair military headquarters in East Prussia, targeting Adolf Hitler. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a German army officer, orchestrated the assassination attempt as part of a coup by conservative circles. Despite minor injuries to Hitler, the coup failed due to delays, breakdowns, and lack of planning. The resistance on July 20, 1944, symbolized bold opposition to Hitler. While Stauffenberg became a hero, there were other forgotten heroes like Jews, communists, and partisans who rebelled against the Nazi regime. The resistance’s memory has evolved…

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz backs Joe Biden in upcoming US presidential election German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, from the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), has openly expressed his support for US President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election. However, Jens Spahn from Germany’s largest opposition party, the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), believes that Donald Trump will likely secure a second term. Spahn emphasizes the importance of building relationships with both candidates to secure Germany’s interests. Concerns about Ukraine’s future With JD Vance as Trump’s running mate, concerns about US support for Ukraine have heightened. German leaders are preparing for…

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Austrian right-wing extremist Martin Sellner is causing a stir with his upcoming speech in Berlin on the controversial topic of “remigration.” In the past, Sellner’s involvement with far-right groups and his views on mass deportation have sparked nationwide protests in Germany. Challenging the Status Quo Despite facing opposition, Sellner remains vocal about his beliefs, advocating for the deportation of illegal immigrants and pressuring immigrants to integrate. His past affiliations with neo-Nazi groups and his connection to a notorious terrorist have raised concerns about his influence in Europe’s right-wing scene. The Great Replacement Theory Sellner and his associates also promote the…

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The United States has decided to install long-range weapons in Germany for the first time since the 1990s, following an agreement reached at the recent NATO summit in Washington. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized the need for these weapons due to Russia’s escalating arms buildup, especially after the attack on Ukraine in 2022. The deployment of Tomahawk cruise missiles in Germany by 2026 aims to address the gap in military capabilities highlighted by German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius. These high-speed, long-range weapons will enhance NATO’s strategy, but they also raise concerns about a new arms race. Despite political divisions in…

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Austrian right-wing extremist Martin Sellner is scheduled to give a speech on “remigration” in Berlin on Friday. He is known for his controversial views on forced expulsion and mass deportation of individuals with a migration background. Sellner’s previous involvement in right-wing radical meetings and his connection to extremist ideologies have sparked protests and debates. Conflict Zone Special: Democracy under Threat To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Controversial Views Despite controversy, Sellner maintains his stance on deporting illegal immigrants and pressuring immigrants for integration. He has faced deportation threats…

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Marine Le Pen and her right-wing National Rally party emerged victorious in the first round of elections in France, causing concerns among German politicians about Franco-German relations. The Green Party leader and opposition center-right Christian Democratic Union expressed worries over President Macron’s decision to call new elections. The shift to the right raises questions about future relations with Germany. The RN has been critical of Germany, with plans to end joint military projects with France. Experts foresee challenges in bilateral relations if the RN comes to power, with potential conflicts over EU commitments and international projects. The rise of the…

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Marine Le Pen and her right-wing National Rally party emerged victorious in the first round of elections in France, sparking concerns among German politicians about Franco-German relations. The NR leader Bardella reassured that relations with Berlin would remain unchanged initially. However, the party has historically been critical of Germany, raising uncertainties about future diplomatic ties. The NR’s rise can be attributed to tapping into public dissatisfaction with mainstream politics, focusing on issues like migration, security, and the economy. Despite past extreme views, Le Pen has worked to rebrand the party as more moderate. If the NR gains power, potential conflicts…

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The motto of DW’s 2024 Global Media Forum is “Sharing Solutions,” where over 1,500 media professionals from 100+ countries will convene in Bonn on June 17–18. The focus is on addressing crucial challenges in journalism worldwide. Key points include ensuring the safety of media professionals, tackling disinformation campaigns, and adapting to the impact of artificial intelligence on journalism. The forum will also highlight the pressures faced by media, including threats to trust and freedom of the press. Positive Examples and Important Discussions Amid the myriad challenges, the forum will showcase positive initiatives by global professionals such as Maria Ressa and…

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