Author: Joel Schalit
Joel Schalit is the author of Israel vs. Utopia, and Jerusalem Calling. He has edited some of America's most influential magazines including Punk Planet and Tikkun and served as the news editor of the Brussels-based Euractiv. Schalit is the editor of The Battleground and Souciant. He also comments on EU affairs for Israel's i24News and China's CGTN.

“You’re giving the wrong impression of Berlin,” the email read. “It’s in Germany, not Iraq.” So read the umpteenth message I’d received that day from readers of Reddit Berlin, one of the most highly used social media forums about the city, in English. It was one of the kinder notes I received. (More…)

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“He’s going to save Israel from the Europeans.” So said my late aunt, handing me a photocopy of something written by its new ambassador to the UN. “Netanyahu speaks the truth.” (More…)

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Nationalism is here to stay. The far-right may never take over the European Commission. But its politics are now mainstream and have changed the way the executive frames multiculturalism. (More…)

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The more you call them populist, the more likely they’ll turn into one. (More…)

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Russia never goes out of style. Whether it’s blamed for subverting democracy, or praised for its role in defeating fascism, the country gets linked to everything in world politics. (More…)

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“Zingaraccia.” Repeated ad nauseum as though it were a mantra, the racist slang (Fucking Gypsy) has become an integral part of Matteo Salvini’s brand. (More…)

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No country, apart from the United States, is as riven with debate about its relationship with Israel as Germany. (More…)

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I could see Istanbul from the plane. Staring out of the Cessna window at the sprawling city below, from the coastline to the horizon, it was hard to believe that there was anything else to Turkey. (More…)

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“Their decision was racist,” my attorney said. “There was no legal basis to deny you permanent residency in Germany.” (More…)

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