Eric Frey


In Afghanistan, Don’t Count on Europe

By Eric Frey

On January 20, European leaders will get the American president they always wished for. Barack Obama is a committed multilateralist whose view of the world is quite similar to their own. The president-elect is even more popular among Europeans than he is in his own country.Read More


Haider May Be Dead, But His Legacy Lives On

By Eric Frey

Jörg Haider was one the most gifted European politicians of his generation. The far-right governor of Carinthia, who died in a car crash October 11 at the age of 58, pioneered a new and dangerous style of politics that shook up Austria’s political landscape and was widely copied across Europe. Even in death, however, his legacy is likely to continue to haunt us, as evidenced by last month’s Austrian parliamentary elections, in which parties of the far-right won nearly 30% of the vote.Read More


Let the Olympics Ring in a New Era for Modern China

By Eric Frey

Let the Olympics Ring in a New Era for Modern China
A rising economic and military power that stages the Olympic Games in its capital to demonstrate its superiority while jailing dissenters and repressing ethnic minorities. The description could just as well apply to Beijing this year as it did to Berlin in 1936. And indeed, many have drawn parallels between Communist China and Nazi Germany, furiously attacking President Bush and other world leaders for lending legitimacy to a brutal dictatorship by attending the grandiose opening.Read More


The Choices My Father Made

By Eric Frey

The Choices My Father Made
A couple weeks ago, my father passed away. As I prepared to speak at his funeral in Vienna, I wondered whether the life story of this very private man carried any larger message that would be of interest beyond his immediate family and friends. I soon realized that it did.Read More


Beware the Right’s Rise in Hungary

By Eric Frey

Hungary is home to one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in all of Europe, some 100,000 strong. Budapest, the capital, features more Jewish schools, synagogues, theaters and social organizations than any other European city east of Paris.Read More






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