Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 25/11/2014

Exemplary solution for art looted by Nazis

Switzerland's Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept the legacy of Munich art collector Cornelius Gurlitt. The solution found by the museum and the German authorities is exemplary for dealing with art looted by the Nazis and shows that Germany and Switzerland can work together constructively, the Tages-Anzeiger comments approvingly: "It is exemplary that Germany and Switzerland have once again found a quick and uncomplicated solution. This was not always the case in the past - for example with the tax dispute. On other open issues such as flight approaches to Zurich Airport an agreement is still a long way off. With the Gurlitt case it helped that economic interests weren't the main issue but coming to terms with history was equally important." (25/11/2014)

Protagon - Greece | 19/11/2014

Art a bridge between Germans and Greeks

The next edition of Documenta, one of the world's most important exhibitions of contemporary art, is planned to take place in Athens as well as in its main location in the German city of Kassel in 2017. An excellent opportunity to break with German stereotypes about Greece, the web portal Protagon believes: "This is perhaps the real value of documenta 14, apart from its artistic significance. On the one hand the Greeks could wake up and see the cultural, diplomatic, economic and tourism-related opportunity they are being given. On the other, the Germans could free themselves of the stereotypes the German media inundated them with during the crisis. Instead of giving rise to another German-Greek confrontation, the event can build a bridge for more mutual understanding and acceptance." (19/11/2014)

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | 11/11/2014

Berlin Wall now surrounds Europe

An artists' initiative has caused a controversy by removing the crosses erected in front of the German Chancellery to commemorate those killed attempting to cross the Berlin Wall. The crosses were subsequently used in a protest action against the EU's refugee policy. The liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel defends the action as an artistic provocation: "The walls didn't only fall in Berlin, but also in Europe. However around Europe, at least on the outer borders of the EU, new walls and barbed wire fences have been erected. ... Art is not a matter of taste, and the artists may seem to be making disrespectful use of those who perished at the Wall. But it is not cynical. What does seem cynical is that, prompted by Germany, the EU has just cut back measures for rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean. And what seems incompetent is that the German government has refused to make a priority of reforming Europe's refugee policy and its unequal reception figures (Germany over 150,000 asylum seekers in 2014; Britain just under 30,000)." (11/11/2014)

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