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John Kampfner


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John Kampfner is an author, commentator, broadcaster and journalist. From 2008 to 2012 he ran Index on Censorship, from 2005 to 2008 he was editor of the New Statesman, and before that he worked for the Financial Times, the BBC and the Telegraph. He is a regular pundit and presenter for all channels on politics and foreign affairs and the author of four previous books. - from publishers Allen and Unwin

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“In an interview with the main tabloid, Bild, in November 2004, shortly before becoming chancellor, she was asked what emotions Germany aroused in her. She replied, ‘I am thinking of airtight windows. No other country can build such airtight and beautiful windows.”
John Kampfner, Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country

“On the night the Berlin Wall came down, thirty-five-year-old comrade Merkel didn’t join her friends in their champagne-fuelled celebrations on the unfamiliar streets of the West. She had heard some rumours and so she phoned her mother, Herlind. ‘Watch out mum, there’s something up today,’1 she said. It was a Thursday and she did what she always did on Thursdays – she went to the public sauna with a friend near her two-bedroom flat in Prenzlauer Berg. ‘I didn’t really understand what I was hearing,’2 Merkel later recalled. ‘I figured that if the wall had opened, it was hardly going to close again, so I decided to wait.”
John Kampfner, Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country

“Merkel is the opposite of ostentatious. She has kept her small cottage near her home town of Templin, goes to her customary hairdresser in Berlin and from time to time is seen grocery shopping. She devours art. She sometimes phones her one or two favourite museum directors directly to ask them if they wouldn’t mind staying open a little longer so that she can see a particular exhibition without any fuss.”
John Kampfner, Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country

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