“Football is not a matter of life or death,” claimed Bill Shankly, a former manager of Liverpool, one of England’s most well-known football clubs. “It’s much more important than that!” While most would agree that Shankly was over-egging the significance of what Pele once called “the beautiful game” ever so slightly, it’s been hard to …Read More

When one scratches under the surface, however, it becomes clear that 2009 could quite conceivably be as good as it gets for Germany’s newest political party. The LP is the product of a merger between two quite distinct political parties: the predominantly eastern German PDS, with its roots in the Socialist Unity Party (SED) of the GDR, and the much newer SPD off-shoot, the WASG (The Electoral Alternative: Labor and Social Justice)…