Joel Schalit

28-04-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Holocaust Remembrance Day in Germany

It isn’t exactly an official holiday. But, for Israeli expats who live in Germany, it often feels like Yom Ha Shoah (“Holocaust Remembrance Day”) is observed here, too.

Global Europe 27-04-2017

Trans-Europe Express live

Sent out every Friday at noon, TEE gives you an insider's view of the most important coverage from across the Euractiv Media Network, its Media Partners and much more. Read and connect the local to the global in European politics.

07-04-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Playing the proxy, St. Petersburg and the Syrian chemical attack

At first, the Russian approach was to admit to everything. Well, almost. Following the first reports of the Syrian chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, the defence ministry appeared almost too willing to confirm what happened.

31-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: England’s dreaming

“EU policy at work.” Superimposed over a photograph of a hardhat-wearing worker sitting on the pavement, a begging cup placed in the foreground, the message could not be any clearer.

24-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Terror and the Rome Declaration: Westminster and beyond

It’s as though Europe was at war. What kind of war, it’s hard to tell. On the one hand, there’s Russia and its hybrid conflicts in Ukraine, Georgia and just about everywhere else, in one form or another.

17-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Erdogan finds religion: Hailing Europe’s Islamic community

His focus on fascism was suspicious. What experience did Turks, in the Netherlands and Germany, have with the Third Reich that could compare with what other minority groups experienced during WWII?

Global Europe 10-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The charge of fascism – Erdogan vs Germany

Normally, the accusation is reversed. Erdogan undoubtedly knew that when he accused Germany on Sunday of "fascist actions" typical of the Nazi era, for cancelling rallies to drive support for an April referendum granting himself broad new powers.

Global Europe 03-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Going Dutch – The Geert Wilders conundrum

Don’t let the numbers fool you. Following several months of predictions that the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) would win the 15 March elections, Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD party this week pulled ahead, by less than 1% of the vote.

24-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: National Front Multiculturalism

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon? The idea is almost preposterous.

17-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express | Soros: Return of the scapegoat

If his name were Bill Gates, he’d be treated differently. But, after decades of serving as a scapegoat for conspiracy theorists, the former György Schwartz, AKA Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, must be used to it by now.

10-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Polish democracy

The first news reports didn’t reveal much. The two governments had agreed to ‘mend fences’, and engage in closer cooperation. But otherwise, leaving the impression that the German chancellor’s visit to Warsaw on Tuesday hadn’t gone too well, and that spin control was in effect.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: 1989 (Slight return)

Putin couldn’t have scripted it better. Twenty-seven years after the end of communism, Romanians had taken to the streets again, this time, to protest against a democratically elected government in the European Union.

27-01-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Refugees forever

The refugee problem won’t go away. No matter how hard populists try to put up walls and seal off borders, they keep on coming.

Elections 05-09-2016

A letter to Angela Merkel from a Berlin Jew

Alternative für Deutschland’s startling second-place in Sunday’s election in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (4 September) has sent shockwaves throughout Germany. The consequences are particularly concerning for the country’s minorities. Joel Schalit writes to Angela Merkel about how to repair the damage.

Global Europe 18-08-2016

US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told EURACTIV.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara .

Security 22-07-2016

ISIS in Würzburg

Following an axe attack on a Bavarian commuter train on Monday (18 July) by an Afghan asylum seeker claiming allegiance to ISIS, Germany’s news media were awash with reports that the terrorist organisation had finally staged a successful attack. EURACTIV.com news editor Joel Schalit, was almost there.

Security 18-07-2016

Nice through Israeli eyes

As though on cue, Israelis are always quick to offer advice to Western allies following an Islamist terrorist attack. After Nice, EURACTIV.com News Editor Joel Schalit muses on why they do it, and what can be really learned from Israel.

Global Europe 24-06-2016

Post-Colonial Brexit Blues

The anti-colonial rhetoric used by Brexit campaigners was uniquely familiar to surviving subjects of the British empire, and their children. Joel Schalit reflects on the memories it raised for him as an Israeli, and the son of one of the country's founding families.

Languages & Culture 03-06-2016

AfD lashes out at Özil

His national credentials are indisputable. Named ‘best German abroad’ in January by football tabloid Kicker, it was the fifth such crowning for the Ruhr-born midfielder, following four consecutive years as Germany’s player of the year.

The AfD’s ‘perjury’ problem

Sometimes an accusation is all that’s required. Under investigation on Wednesday (25 May) for lying under oath to the Saxon state parliament, for Frauke Petry’s critics the allegation could not have been more apt. Suspected of covering up loans made to her Alternative fuer Deutschland party, the right-wing politician could face up to five years in prison for perjury.

Syria for dummies

France has a long colonial history in Syria that has been largely ignored in the coverage of the Paris attacks, writes Joel Schalit.

Languages & Culture 02-07-2015

Capturing the refugee experience

SPECIAL REPORT / Regional literary awards are like any other cultural event. Books get recognized as much for how they capture the local, as they get hailed for being works of art.

Languages & Culture 01-07-2015

The Great Recession novel: David Machado’s Average Happiness Index

SPECIAL REPORT / Economic crises might not be ideal for funding newspapers, but they’ve always inspired great fiction.

Global Europe 27-01-2015

Muslim anti-Semitism puts pressure on West

One after the other, EU leaders took turns reassuring Europe’s Jewish community, following the kosher supermarket attack in Paris, in which four people were killed, writes Joel Schalit.