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Censorship Media and entertainment

Is the BBC biased against Taiwan?

The BBC has reported timely on South Korea’s successful fight against the coronavirus, but ignored Taiwan in the process.

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Politics Spanish history Spanish politics

Bleak prospects for Spain

There’s a chance that communist dreams will soon come true in Spain, finishing off an already badly hurt economy.

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Health Politics Personal experiences

Personal coronavirus anecdotes from Valencia

With the strictest confinement measures slowly coming to an end in Spain, I would like to share a few personal experiences that I had during these odd last six weeks.

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African history European history

The death of Mussolini and the end of fascism in Europe

Benito Mussolini, a former Socialist and the father of Fascism, founded an ideology which is often misinterpreted by his political opponents.

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Asian history World Politics

Chiang Ching-kuo: son of Chiang Kai-shek and pioneer of democracy

Chiang Ching-kuo´s role in Taiwan was ambivalent, as the former head of the secret police became a pioneer of democracy.

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European Politics Personal experiences

Two convinced Europeans, worried about the Old Continent

How do Europeans feel who love Europe, but can’t live there for reasons you might not expect?

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Customs and traditions Personal experiences Religion

In fact, Saint Mark’s Day is also my day!

Compared to the days of my childhood, the old Spanish tradition of celebrating a person’s name day has lost a lot of its importance.

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African history Asian history

20 years ago: Jiang Zemin the first Chinese leader to visit South Africa

The long-lasting triangle relationship between South Africa, China and Taiwan ended when Peking and Pretoria established diplomatic relations in 1998.

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Asian history Asian Politics

In memoriam Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the father of modern Singapore.

This is a translated and updated version of an obituary authored by me, published in the German weekly Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung on the 4th of April 2015.

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Environmental politics Personal experiences

Valencia in need of better waste management

There’s plenty of room for an improved recycling system in Valencia, and Taipei could serve as an example.