The refugee crisis has been portrayed as a possible breaking point for Angela Merkel's chancellorship. With rising support for the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) and big wins at recent regional elections, it seems Germany is falling prey to the political instability seen in other European states. However, the more

In 1919 Pieter Geyl became the first Chair for Dutch Studies at the University of London (and the Anglophone world in general) and quickly gained a reputation in scholarly and political circles. While being widely recognized as a brilliant historian, Geyl's political views let him become suspicious enough to the more

Nicole Sütterlin argues that notions of physical injury, Christian-catholic stigmata and particularly psychological trauma are a defining element in German literature around 1800. Thus Goethe's classical manifesto Über Laokoon (1798) strikingly emphasizes Lakoon's wound as a source of artistic harmony. While Goethe's high classicism stops just short of introducing an more