Articles By Mara Delius
 
May 2015
"The Humboldt Forum is a spectacular idea. But it will take the right intellectual architect to pull it off. We will have to trust Neil MacGregor"
 
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March 2015
"The sudden rise of Pegida suggests Germany hasn’t found a way to digest the idea of immigration."
 
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January/February 2015
"Just how much Germany has changed is nowhere more visible than in the eyes of its most reluctant ally, Britain"
 
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November 2014
I was a ten-year-old living in West Berlin when the Wall fell and a Trabant driven by an overexcited Ossi nearly ran me over on my bike
 
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October 2014
'With readership in decline, the German press faces not only a dire economic challenge but an identity crisis'
 
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September 2014
‘From time to time, it can be productive to think freely about government across party lines’
 
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July/August 2014
‘Maybe the British stance is not born out of an insular stubbornness-it may, on the contrary, re-invigorate the European idea itself'
 
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June 2014
The case of the art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt provides illuminating insights into the German character
 
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May 2014
Can Adolf Hitler ever really be a figure of fun?
 
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April 2014
That elusive sense of a homeland, Heimat, Mounk found only when he was free not to feel Jewish
 
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March 2014
 
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January/February 2014
'How hospitable will Germans be now that travel restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians have been lifted?'
 
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December 2013
'Angela Merkel's mobile phone is her instrument of power. What happens when this tool of democracy is subverted by our most important ally?'
 
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November 2013
‘The death of Marcel Reich-Ranicki highlighted how ill at ease the German intelligentsia still is with its Nazi past’
 
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September 2013
‘This is a German election and a Brit may argue you wouldn’t expect a flamboyant spectacle. But the current lethargy is a peculiar one’
 
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July/August 2013
The feud at Germany’s most respected publishing house reads like a passage from Vanity Fair written by Thomas Mann
 
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June 2013
‘At the election in September, Germans will have to decide whether Angela Merkel’s modesty and prudence are proof enough of her virtue’
 
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May 2013
‘Despite the Turkish origins of most of the victims, the Munich court failed to allocate a single press seat in the Zschäpe murder trial to a Turkish media outlet’
 
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April 2013
‘Germany is seeing a definite increase in Euroscepticism—and now it’s coming from the Left too’
 
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March 2013
'"You could certainly fill a dirndl," the elder statesman said, before taking her hand, kissing it and propositioning her'
 
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January/February 2013
‘Journalists discussed the prospective disappearance of their newspapers as if they were watching their own funeral but not quite believing their eyes’
 
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December 2012
‘Strolling around Alexanderplatz one cold but sunny afternoon, I was surprised at just how trashy it is’
 
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November 2012
'One can become American but one can never become English'
 
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September 2012
'Germans longed for Olympic medals as validation, but were surprised at how London rose to the occasion'
 
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July/August 2012
'A friend asked her editor for a pay rise. Surely, he replied, her husband was earning enough to support them both'
 
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June 2012
‘The seriousness of a left-wing movement in today’s Europe can be measured by its stance towards Israel’
 
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May 2012
'I was fond of my father's old friend Günter Grass. I'd like to think he knew better'
 
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April 2012
‘German intellectuals are fascinated by outsiders, especially tortured rebels like Heinrich von Kleist’
 
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March 2012
‘Their grandparents fled the Nazis, their parents boycotted all things German, but their children are flocking to Berlin’
 
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January/February 2012
'Germans are obsessed with paying taxes - they are affronted by any state with little or not taxation - such as the British Virgin Islands'
 
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December 2011
'No matter how grim the outlook or how politicians squabble over what to do, Germans stick to their idealistic concept of Europe'
 
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November 2011
‘Do we still have an intellectual elite that reads, and writers to cater for it? In Germany, we have Merkur’
 
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October 2011
‘Europe’s intellectuals should get on with the job of helping to lift the continent out of its apparently endless crisis’
 
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September 2011
'Germany’s reaction to America’s credit-rating downgrade was predictable: a pre-emptive schadenfreude that has become the gold standard when reacting to US affairs'
 
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July/August 2011
‘In Germany, whether it’s a matter of beansprouts or nuclear power plants, moral superiority can quickly turn into self-centred hysteria’
 
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June 2011
‘I only discovered both how much I was missing New York and what was irritating me about Berlin when I visited Manhattan in the week after bin Laden’s killing’
 
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May 2011
'China’s place in the world is that of a plagiariser — the intellectual equivalent of the faked designer bags you find in Beijing'
 
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April 2011
‘When Mr Googleberg attempts a comeback, he will come up against a German attachment to truth and decency’
 
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March 2011
‘Every woman among male egos knows she has to fight a war—an older colleague calling you “Blondie”, for instance’
 
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January/February 2011
‘Who would want a dusty collection of children’s books, their spines broken, written in German?’
 
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December 2010
‘Now that I am about to leave, I realise how uniquely American is the craving for “change”’
 
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November 2010
'Alumni could be an integral part of saving European institutions of learning from becoming the Costa cafés of the academy'
 
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October 2010
‘Why do grown men in the Tea Party dress up as George Washington?’
 
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September 2010
‘The image of the newspaperman as a suave but ballsy individual who, whisky in hand, wires copy to a smoke-filled newsroom is now incredibly remote’
 
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July/August 2010
'In the Old World, a leader is criticised — and quits — for being too emotional. In the New World, a leader is criticised for not being emotional enough'
 
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June 2010
'Don't believe what they say about California: it is still the matrix for our civilisation'
 
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May 2010
'Should we treat assimilation not as a taboo subject but as an opportunity?'
 
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April 2010
‘American academia is being swamped by the backwaters of identity politics’
 
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March 2010
‘This is a cautionary tale about a deception so delicious yet so serious that it causes us to reconsider the impact of the public intellectual on our culture’
 
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January/February 2010
‘Entertaining the reader is now the main goal of criticism’
 
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December 2009
‘England is perceived by my Continental friends as being a country that is all about belonging or not belonging’
 
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November 2009
‘The tone in the parks and pubs was that of disappointment. One man was ready to admit – through clenched teeth – that he wished the Brits would take over again’
 
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October 2009
‘Italy's real problem isn't Berlusconi's private affairs. Rather, the problem is the culture he now represents. ’
 
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September 2009
‘This reunification generation of Germans is sick of coalition government but equally dissatisfied with the alternatives on offer’
 
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June 2009
‘A mock funfair with absurdist theatre and the return of ideologues of 40 years ago — is that the new era of change and hope?
 
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March 2009
The film Valkyrie has sparked a debate in Germany about Claus von Stauffenberg's action-hero credentials
 
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April 2009

‘Now that Berlin is officially one of the coolest places in Europe, many have developed a peculiar sense of being German - a form of confidence, or nonchalance at least, about their nationality’

 
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