Born in Italy, socialized in the Rhineland, studied history and political science in Verona and Bonn with a focus on international relations, the history of diplomacy and European history. He worked in the German Bundestag until 2021. He specializes in foreign, security and energy policy issues. Since 2021, he is redactor for the liberal-conservative magazine 'Tichys Einblick'.
At the carnival parade in Düsseldorf, one float caught the eye: it showed a member of the climate extremist "Last Generation" fighting a “car monster”. Düsseldorf thus adopted the common narrative of "David against Goliath" and assigned the role of heroes to the extremists - not least because the slogan underneath, "Who's the climate terrorist here?" made it clear that the CO2 guzzlers are responsible, not the activists.
It is not only regarding energy policy that Germany remains in a Peter Pan mode for the time being: several events this month have revealed that Berlin, despite its immense burdens, is reluctant to push through a more pragmatic and far-sighted immigration policy.
On 17 March, Germany carried out what was possibly the most significant change in electoral law in the post-war period. It was also especially remarkable because a government with an absolute majority could thus eliminate two opposition parties, at least in the medium term.
Rügen is a place of romantic longing for many Germans. Today, the largest island in the republic has primarily the reputation of a tourist resort, seaside place and nature reserve. And one artistic vision of it remains especially vivid in the German soul: a romantic painting by Caspar David Friedrich, the chalk cliffs in which have etched themselves into our memory.
Sanna Marin is history. This is not without irony: usually, it is the "woke" young generation that overturns monuments to great historical figures. Yet this time, with Marin, a left-wing icon only 37 years old is toppling. She was a figurehead even in the liberal camp.
Europe will be Christian again, or it will no longer be at all. How Christian it truly is, is also shown by how much it stands by its fellow Christians. In the case of Christianity in the Orient, the very region of origin of the religion that had made Europe what it was and what it is now - things look bleak.
Germany on the brink of the abyss - no, that was neither the headline in the German papers when the full extent of inflation and price hikes became known; nor when the consequences of the energy crisis became tangible;
State secretaries are the real brains of the ministries. As politicians, it is the ministers who are the eye-catchers for the media, who have to make their party-political mark, justify themselves and stand in front of the cameras – there is not much time left to manage the operational business.