Interview in Deutsche Welle about the Estonian elections and the far right

Deutsche Welle , 4/3/2019 EUROPE Far-right ‘stoking fears’ in Estonia’s parliamentary election The far-right EKRE received nearly 18 percent of the vote in Estonia’s recent parliamentary election. Political scientist Florian Hartleb talks to DW about the party’s origins, and what its success means for Europe.      DW: The center-right opposition Reform Party won Sunday’s election in Estonia. […]

Struggle over new CDU-leadership: My take in Spanish newspaper Público

My take yesterday in Spanish newspaper Público on CDU congress about Merkel-successor – Kramp-Karrenbauer versus Merz – I was right that first candidate – Merkel favorite – will win very closely (copy versus candidate from outside) “Se perfila como un duelo entre AKK y Merz”, explica a Público el analista político Florian Hartleb. “AKK tiene las […]

Statements in The Guardian: “Is Germany’s media to blame for the inexorable rise of the AfD?”

Is Germany’s media to blame for the inexorable rise of the AfD? Ben Knight   Wed 14 Nov 2018    AfD politician Björn Höcke, left, with Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann, second from right, in a commemoration march in Chemnitz in September. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP Political journalists in Berlin often do a thing called Hintergrundgespräch. This “background conversation” […]

Conference about the future of Europe in Vilnius/Lithuania (with former Prime Minister Kubilius)

In 2018, the Baltic States celebrate their 100th anniversary. After regaining independence in 1990-1991, Baltic countries have rapidly and successfully integrated into the European Union and Western political, security and economic structures. They are all members of the Eurozone and keen on its success. They also have a strong interest in further strengthening security in […]

My statements about AfD in Berlin Policy Journal

BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018   SHARE      BEN KNIGHT , OCTOBER 30, 2018 The far-right AfD has gained ever more popularity since its breakthrough in 2017. The party’s rise has been aided by German media and politics, and its rise is set to continue. Political journalists in Berlin often do a thing called a Hintergrundgespräch. This “background conversation,” as […]