What is the world doing for migrants? Debate with me on Al Jazeera TV “Inside story”

What is the world doing for migrants? Today, on 18th December 2016, it is International Migrants Day. Migrants and refugees cross borders in search of better economic and social conditions. Many others are forced to flee conflict or persecution. The current record levels of mass movement of displaced people has given rise to xenophobia and […]

Is 2016 the year of populism? Interview with me in Swiss Radio SRF 1 (in German)

Interview with me in Swiss Radio SRF 1, 6th November 2016 Der Brexit, die Wahl von Donald Trump und erst letzten Sonntag die Frage, ob Österreich als erstes europäisches Land vielleicht ein rechtspopulistisches Staatsoberhaupt bekommt – ist 2016 das Jahr des Rechtspopulismus? to watch here:  http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/4×4/zuwanderungsinitiative-nationalrat-fuer-eher-sanfte-umsetzung from 8.15 min.     

Statement in Washington Times about the Right-wing populists after Trump´s winning

In Europe, right-wing parties find voice after Trump’s stunning performance Anti-immigrant sentiments sweeping throughout Europe French far-right leader Marine le Pen, a candidate in France’s spring presidential elections, called President-elect Donald Trump’s victory “a sign of hope” for those disillusioned by globalization.   View Comments Print By Patrick Costello — Special to The Washington Times […]

Bertelsmann-Stiftung: Learning from E-Estonia

Foto: Enriko Lill In September 2016 a delegation from the Bertelsmann-Stiftung with Dr. Brigitte Mohn has visited Estonia. “E-Estonia” is regarded as digital trendsetter in Europe. The visit intended an in-depth-view about how e-government, the new working-life and digital education work in practice. Outgoing State president Toomas Hendrik Ilves who implemented the digitalization already in […]

My statements in Washington Times about Berlin elections and the consequences (15th September)

Germany’s open door for refugees to hit Merkel’s coalition in Berlin elections     German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pictures taken with refugees in Berlin. (Associated Press/File) more >   View Comments Print By Patrick Costello – Special to The Washington Times – – Thursday, September 15, 2016 BERLIN — The U.S. isn’t the only major […]

I call it “Black July”: After the terrorist attacks in Germany. My Statements about the consequences (Christian Science Monitor, 28th July 2016)

After – or despite – a violent week, Germany still turns to Merkel   Populists have tried to gain political footing over a threat they say was magnified by the chancellor’s ‘open door’ refugee policy. But many say that Merkel might actually gain politically after the attacks. By Rachel Stern, Correspondent JULY 28, 2016 Hannibal […]