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” […]

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 […]

My statements in USA about the upcoming German elections (and the rise of populism)

Why more Germans are anti-Trump than anti-immigration Austin Davis, Special for USA TODAY Published 1:46 p.m. ET Sept. 18, 2017 | Updated 4:35 p.m. ET Sept. 18, 2017 Since Donald Trump became President, Germany has seen a spike in its citizenship applications from the United States. Buzz60 (Photo: Christof Stache, AFP/Getty Images) BERLIN — After Donald Trump was […]

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 […]

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 […]

The West as enemy: Comment in Süddeutsche Zeitung

My Comment in Süddeutsche Zeitung, 30th April 2016, page 5:  Gastkommentar Der Westen als Feind   Europas Populisten bewundern Wladimir Putin ob seiner autoritären Art. Jetzt hat sich die Jugend der AfD mit der russischen Jungen Garde verbündet. Das zeigt, dass viele in der ´Partei die Westbindung Deutschlands lockern wollen. Von Florian Hartleb Aus vielen […]

My statements in Washington Times about “banning a political party in Germany” (24th April 2016)

German court asked to ban political party agitated by refugees The National Democratic Party organized a demonstration against Germany’s asylum law.   By Patrick Costello — Special to The Washington Times – – Sunday, April 24, 2016   BERLIN — Amid a refugee crisis and a surge of violence targeting foreigners, Germany’s highest court is […]

E-Estonia – a digital trendsetter in Europe. Debate with the state secretary for economics in Saarbrücken

  E-Estonia – digital trendsetter in Europe. On 18th April 2016 i presented Estonia as a role model for the digital society. According to a study i am preparing for the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Estonia digitalizing doesn’t lead to a discrimination of the generation “60 +”. In contrast: It simplified the life with e-banking, e-health, […]