The former National Security Council aide joins a club of people whom the president has targeted for telling the truth.
C. Stelzenmüller“It is all part of a civil-liberties violation so profound ... we don’t even have a name for it: the power of the president to suddenly point his finger at a random person & announce that this is the point in the story when that person’s life gets ruined.”
A former ambassador tells the secretary of state just why.
C. Stelzenmüller“the front line in the Donbas region marks the only shooting war in Europe. ... Since the Russians invaded in 2014, 14,000 Ukrainians have died in this war.”
Compelling, passionate piece by Bill Taylor, former US Ambo to Ukraine
C. StelzenmüllerMarvellous initiative: the Fritz Bauer Institute (named after the German prosecutor and Holocaust survivor)has rescued and published the audio files — miraculously, almost completely preserved — of the 1st Auschwitz trials in Germany in 1964
In a series of comments in late December, the Russian president appeared to blame Poland for the outbreak of the Second World War.
C. Stelzenmüller"Why wouldn’t Putin want to undermine and destabilize Poland’s position?" @anneapplebaum writes. "By doing so, he undermines and destabilizes the whole post–Cold War settlement."
Important @anneapplebaum piece on Putin’s efforts to rewrite WWII history
The State Department that I once served is adrift, and its leadership is too often complicit in Trump’s worst tendencies.
C. Stelzenmüller“The only thing to fear is the prolonged atrophy of a weak state, precisely when we depend on its strength, purpose, and resilience to carry us through this moment of testing for our country and the world”
Must read by William J. Burns
In a new Brookings Foreign Policy Essay, Constanze Stelzenmüller reflects on the toppling of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and the lessons that were in store for her, for her fellow Germans, for Europe, and for the world.
The president crossed an important line when he canceled a meeting with the Danish prime minister.
C. Stelzenmüller„At this particular moment, it is not sufficient to say that the free world is without a leader. He has actually defected to the other side.“
Powerful piece on the Greenland Situation by my colleague @thomaswright08
The assassination of a local politician is raising tough questions about the country’s resolve to monitor and control far-right violence.
C. Stelzenmüller„There has been a striking disconnect between Germany’s strong collective consciousness of its Nazi past and its far weaker collective consciousness of neo-Nazi terrorism in recent decades...“
Yes. And it needs to stop. Now.
Excellent by @kbennhold
C. Stelzenmüller“But the vision of an America whose foreign policy is driven by personal pique, whose troops can be rented out by the highest, most obsequious bidder, is a searing one.”
Yet another crazy Trump-Week-That-Was, described in this magnificent piece by @sbg1
Er ist Monarchist, orthodoxer Christ und lehnt die Demokratie ab. Zum Kreml hat er ebenso gute Kontakte wie zur FPÖ und der deutschen AfD: Der russische Oligarch Konstantin Malofejew über das gottlose Europa und seine rechtspopulistischen Freunde.
C. Stelzenmüller„Ich finde, das österreichische Volk ist den anderen europäischen Völkern immer einen Schritt voraus. ... Es geht nicht mehr um rechts/ links. Im System ist jeder, der dieses liberale, totalitäre, anti-christliche Regime unterstützt.“
The President has blown up the old way of American foreign-policymaking, which makes the risk of a miscalculation higher than ever.
C. Stelzenmüller„...a series of mistakes could lead to a conflict that Trump himself doesn’t want. The brakes on Trump are shredded. There are fewer and fewer people around the President to stop him or to offer him options that avert worst-case scenarios.“