Thousands of refugees adrift on flimsy boats in the Indian Ocean. Initially Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia sent the refugees back to sea declaring that they would not take any more in. Under pressure from the UN Malaysia and Indonesia have now agreed to offer temporary shelter. Why is there so much reluctance to help people in such desperate need? Tell us what you think: quadriga(at)dw.de Guests: Ulrike Herrmann, business editor and head of the opinion page of Berlin's "taz" newspaper. Johannes Leithäuser, covers politics for the German newspaper Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung Sanjiv Burman, is a German with Indian roots. He is part of the DW Southeast-Asia desk's Bengali Team.
As Germany’s refugee crisis continues, politicians and helpers are coming under an increasing threat from the militant right. In Cologne last weekend, a women standing in the city’s mayoral election was badly wounded in a knife attack. Profiting from people’s fears, the anti-migrant Pegida movement is once again gaining in force. This week, Pegida has been marking the anniversary of its first march, one year ago. So, who’s driving the debate - the politicians, or a small radical minority? Our Guests: Alan Posener is a German-British author and political commentator for the daily „Die Welt“. Erik Kirschbaum is an American journalist, who has worked for the Reuters news agency in Berlin. Anna Frenyó works as a freelance journalist for ARD and lives between Berlin, Budapest and Paris. More on this edition of Quadriga: http://www.dw.com/en/quadriga-germanys-refugee-crisis-has-the-mood-turned-ugly-2015-10-22/e-18754390-9798
1.5 million refugees - Merkel isolated, Germany at breaking point? Have your say: [email protected] Guests: Alan Posener - Anglo-German author and regular commentator for the Berlin based newspaper “Die Welt” Christoph von Marschall - Senior diplomatic correspondent for another Berlin daily, the “Tagesspiegel”. Abdulaziz Ramadan - journalist and activist from Damascus, now living in Leipzig.
More Quadriga discussions: http://www.dw.com/en/program/quadriga/s-7296-9798 Germany has welcomed thousands fleeing conflict and repression with open arms. Chancellor Angela Merkel was a leading voice in offering them safe haven. But her government has now reintroduced border controls. Why the sudden U-turn? Did Chancellor Merkel get it wrong? Have your say: quadriga(at)dw.com Guests: Mekonnen Mesghena, expert for migration and diversity at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. Andreas Kluth, Berlin bureau chief of The Economist. Burkhard Birke, correspondent for the German radio broadcaster Deutschland Radio.
The cold and the rain can’t hold them back. They’re still heading to Europe in their thousands - refugees from war and persecution. But Europe is beginning to close its borders. And the situation for the men, woman and children stranded in the Balkans is catastrophic. Have your say: quadriga[at]dw.com
Hundreds of thousands are fleeing persecution, war and poverty – in the hope of safety and a better life in Europe. Can Europe find a worthy answer to the migrant crisis? Or will we respond by isolating ourselves further? Guests: Christoph von Marschall is the diplomatic correspondent for the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel. Katarzyna Stoklosa is an expert on central and eastern Europe. Erik Kirschbaum was born in New York. He is a reporter who has down the years written for numerous dailies and magazines in the US. Read more: http://www.dw.com/en/program/quadriga/s-7296-9798
Refugees fleeing from death, persecution and terror, spurned by their affluent Muslim neighbours have found refuge in Europe. While some European nations are turning them away or locking them up, Germany has been extremely generous and its compassion must be appreciated. Participants: Dr. Dan Tidten (German Diplomat) Tahira Abdullah (Human Rights Defender) Host: S. M. Hali
Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/quadriga/s-7296-9798 Global expectations of Barack Obama’s presidency were huge. He was meant to end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, improve US relations with Russia, and win back the trust of his country's European allies. But then the world was rocked by the financial crisis, the Syrian war, the Ukraine crisis and the threat of Islamic State. Today, many observers regard his presidency as a failure. Are they right?
Read more: http://www.dw.com/en/quadriga-a-german-europe-or-a-european-germany-2015-08-27/e-18626913-9798 Europe is facing unprecedented challenges: The financial crisis. The refugee crisis. And the Ukraine crisis. To overcome those challenges, Europe needs leadership. Some are looking to Germany. Others are worried that Berlin is becoming too powerful.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won international kudos for her response to the refugee crisis. However, more and more members of her own party are calling for Germany’s asylum law to be made more restrictive. Interior minister Thomas de Maizière has sparked consternation in Germany with recent remarks favoring a tougher asylum law. His views contradict the chancellor’s avowed policies. De Maizière is opposed, for instance, to Syrian refugees automatically being granted asylum status or being joined by their families. His objections have received backing from the leader of the Bavarian conservatives, Horst Seehofer, and finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Is Chancellor Merkel still on top in the refugee crisis? And how much support does she have in her own party? Send us your comments at: quadriga(at)dw.com Our guests: Erik Kirschbaum is an American journalist from New York. He works for the “Reuters” news agency in Berlin. He thinks: "The turmoil in Merkel's party about its direction on the treatment of refugees raises questions about possible intrigues behind the scenes in the CDU." Andreas Kluth is Bureau Chief and Germany Correspondent for the british weekly newspaper “The Economist” in Berlin. He says: “Critics are wrong to assume that Angela Merkel is about to be toppled. She remains the dominant figure of her party in Germany and in Europe.” Corinna Emundts is correspondent for the ARD and online coordinator for “tagesschau.de”. She says: “It is absolutely unclear, whether Merkel will keep her power. Although she showed determination in an emergency situation she has made many mistakes on the national and international level.”