Your Friday Briefing

« Only the vanquished remember history. »
Marshall McLuhan


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 16, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

EU – Imagine that the coronavirus pandemic, rather than undermining confidence in the European Union, had strengthened it, Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate


Books

Essay –Brexit and the Two Irelands by Ophélie Siméon | Books & Ideas
Essay –The Japanese Press: a Global Exception? by César Castellvi | Books & Ideas
9/11 –Reign of Terror , Spencer Ackerman | Penguin Random House

Must-Reads

Vaccines – Always Read the Methods Section | Zeynep Tufekci
Vaccines – What a J&J vaccine pause means Matthew Field | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
EU/China/Russia – The EU’s Worst Nightmare: a China-Russian Axis, David Hutt | Internationale Politik Quarterly
US/Japan – The Summit That Can’t Fail  Michael Hirsh | Foreign Policy
Germany – The Race to Define Germany’s Evolving Political Center Jeremy Cliffe | NS
India – India’s Trump Card Against China  Phillip Orchard, Geopolitical Futures
Russia/Ukraine – Why Russia Is Threatening Escalation  Gustav Gressel | ECFR
Russia/Ukraine – Russian pressure on Ukraine: military and political dimensions, Marek Menkiszak and Andrzej Wilk | OSW
Digital/EU/UK/USDo continued EU data flows to the United Kingdom offer hope for the United States? Kenneth Propp | Atlantic Council
Drones/Middle East –Droning On in the Middle East, Francis Fukuyama | American Purpose
Diplomacy – How Diplomacy Falls Flat  Sholto Byrnes | The National The National
Taiwan – Is War Over Taiwan Imminent?  Yun Sun | Korea Times
US/Japan – Can Japan, U.S. Lead way to 6G?  James Schoff & Joshua Levy | The Diplomat

Research & Analysis

Proxy Warfare – The Future of Sino-U.S. Proxy War  Dominic Tierney  | Texas National Security Review
Russia/Central and Eastern Europe/Western Balkans –Russia: mighty Slavic brother or hungry bear next-door? The image of Russia in Central & Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, Daniel Milo | Globesec
China/Europe/Economy –  Home advantage: How China’s protected market threatens Europe’s economic power, Agatha Kratz and Janka Oertel | ECFR 
US/Health – The Time Is Now for U.S. Global Leadership on Covid-19 Vaccines, J. Stephen Morrison, Katherine E. Bliss and Anna McCaffrey | CSIS
NATO/Climate –A Climate Security Plan for Nato: Collective Defence for the 21st Century, Erin Sikorski and Sherri Goodman | Policy Exchange

Podcast

UK – Wales, England and the Future of the UK, Daniel Wincott | Talking Politics

Your Thursday Briefing

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured

Perspective – Twilight of the economists? More like twilight of the neoliberals Daniel W. Drezner | The Washington Post

Books

About: Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics and the Fight for a Better Future by Paul Krugman | Norton,  Adam Tooze | London Review of Books
À propos de : Donald Reid, L’affaire Lip, 1968-1981, Presses universitaires de Rennes, par Ismaïl Ferhat | La Vie des idées

Must-Reads

US/Russia – Putin’s sabre-rattling wins west’s attention and Biden summit Henry Foy | Financial Times
US/China(in French) – Germany will have to make real choices Thierry de Montbrial | Le Monde
Vaccine – Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun and Frances Stead Sellers | The Washington Post
US/Russia – President Biden on Tuesday proposed that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit | WSJ
Disruptive Technologies – Meet the Future WMD, the Drone Swarm  Zachary Kallenborn | The Bulletin
US/China/Taiwan – Biden Faces Reckoning on China, Taiwan  Joseph Bosco | The Hill
Energy/Trade – Hydrogen: The Key to Decarbonizing the Global Shipping Industry? William Alan Reinsch | CSIS
Biden/China – Biden Needs to Ditch Xi Infatuation  Joseph Bosco | Taipei Times
Quad – The Quad Delivers. Can It Endure?  Susan Thornton | Lowy Interpreter
US/Russia – Facing the Facts of War With Russia  Douglas Macgregor | The American Conservative
BCE – Quand la BCE a-t-elle stoppé la contagion de la Covid-19 aux marchés financiers ?  Aymeric Ortmans & Fabien Tripier | La Lettre du CEPII ; N°416 – Mars 2021
Serbia/Health – Bounty of Serbian vaccine diplomacy shames the EU, Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times
Data – HOUSE ARREST How An Automated Algorithm Constrained Congress for a Century, Dan Bouk | Data & Society

Research & Analysis

US/Iran – Other Sides of Renegotiating Iran Agreement  Anthony Cordesman | CSIS
US/Russia /Cyber Security – Lessons of the SolarWinds hack by Marcus Willett | IISS
Germany/Economy – What is Wrong with the German Economy? The Case for Openness to Technology and Human Capital, Philipp Lamprecht | ECIPE
Europe/Economy/Health – COVID-19 credit support programs in Europe’s five largest economies, Julia Anderson, Francesco Papadia and Nicolas Véron | PIIE
Bulletin75 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – 75th Special Anniversary Issue, currently available to read with free access |   Routledge Politics, IR & Area Studies

Podcasts

Russia/Ukraine “This is a force that is much more potent than it was when Ukraine was first invaded” – The Intelligence | The Economist  

Your Monday Briefing

“Absolute power demoralizes.”  Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Monday, April 12, 2021

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Welcome to Your Monday Briefing

Featured

Big Tech – Meet the Professor Who’s Warning the World About Facebook and Google, Sarah Brown | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Books

Social Psychology – The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills Jesse Singal | Amazon
Nationalism – 100 Best Nationalism Books of All Time |  BookAuthority
Review – Are We Living in an Age of Strongmen? David A. Bell | The Nation

Must-Reads

EU – Brussels faces battle on new pan-EU revenue sources, Sam Fleming and Jim Brunsden | Financial Times
Europe – Les Capitales | EURACTIV France @EURACTIV_FR
Turquie/Italie – La Turquie suspend des contrats italiens à la suite de commentaires de Mario Draghi | EURACTIV France
Iran – Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage By Ronen Bergman, Rick Gladstone and Farnaz Fassihi | The New York Times 
US/Iran/JCPOA – Hawks preview strategy to oppose Biden’s ‘woke’ Iran policy, Matthew Petti | Responsible Statecraft
Social Psychology –The False Promise of Quick-Fix, Jesse Singal | The Wall Street Journal
Essay – Philip, Prince of Nowhere Ed West | UnHerd
US – Crisis of Command Risa Brooks, Jim Golby et Heidi Urben | Foreign Affairs
Pandemic – The Gaslighting of Science by Zeynep Tufekci | Insight
UK Security Review – A Post Mortem of a Disintegrated Review, Jack Watling  | RUSI
US/Iran/JCPOA – For true JCPOA re-entry, Biden must tear down this sanctions wall, Tyler Cullis | Responsible Statecraft
Technology –Europe in the Geopolitics of Technology, Alice Pannier | Ifri

Research & Analysis

Japan/Africa – Japan’s Economic Diplomacy in Africa: Between Strategic Priorities and Local Realities, Céline Pajon | Ifri
EU/Defence – Europe’s Missile Defence and Italy: Capabilities and Cooperation, Alessandro Marrone, Karolina Muti | IAI
UK Security Review – Defence in a competitive age | GOV.UK
Iraq – 18 Years of Terror and Destruction, by Hannah Mulhern and Razan al-Shammari | GICJ
Russia/China/Arctic – Partners, Competitors, or a Little of Both?  Jim Townsend and Andrea Kendall-Taylor | CNAS

Podcasts

Political Economy – The future of capitalism, Branko Milanovic  | AEI Economics

Strongmen – Mussolini to Present | YouTube

Your Friday Briefing

“Politics is not an exact science.” Otto Von Bismarck


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, April 9, 2021

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Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Featured

Post-neoliberalism – The Revenge of Sovereignty on Government? The Release of Neoliberal Politics from Economics Post-2008, Will Davies | Theory, Culture & Society
Post-neoliberalism –Software, Sovereignty and the Post-Neoliberal Politics of Exit Harrison Smith, Roger Burrows | Theory, Culture & Society

Books

Xinjiang – Eurasian Crossroads – A History of Xinjiang, James A. Millward | Hurst Publishers
Middle East – The Middle East Crisis Factory – Tyranny, Resilience and Resistance, Ahmed Gatnash, Iyad El-Baghdadi | Hurst Publishers

Must-Reads

EU/US/Economy – Europe has a lot to learn from Joe Biden’s audacity, Philip Stephens | Financial Times
US🇺🇸/China🇨🇳/Taïwan🇹🇼 Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China, Michael Crowley | The New York Times
China – China’s Techno-Authoritarianism Goes Global  Maya Wang | Foreign Affairs
China/Myanmar – Will Beijing Intervene in Myanmar?  Abby Seiff | ChinaFile
China/Taiwan – Taiwan and the Use of Force: China’s Conundrum  Frank Ching | Japan Times
Myanmar – Myanmar’s Military Chooses Total Violence  Francis Wade | New Statesman
EU – Friends like these: How foreign policy could derail an alliance of Europe’s populist right, Pawel Zerka | ECFR
Russia/Ukraine – Kremlin saber-rattling in Ukraine: How the West should react, Steven Pifer | Brookings
Covid19/Vaccine – Germany starting talks to buy Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, by Jillian Deutsch | POLITICO Europe
Covid19/Vaccine – Britain’s vaccine success was supposed to lead to freedom. What happened? Kate Andrews | The Spectator

Research & Analysis

Post-neoliberalism –TCS Special Issue: ‘Post-neoliberalism?’ | Theory, Culture & Society  
Hardware Innovation – Labs Over Fabs: RISC-V’s Promise by Jordan Schneider | ChinaTalk
US/Security/Technology –Linking National Security and Innovation: Part 1, James Andrew Lewis | CSIS
Ukraine – Ukraine’s half-hearted reforms: What needs to change in the West’s approach? Arkady Moshes and Ryhor Nizhnikau | FIIA

Podcasts

UE🇪🇺/Turquie🇹🇷/Podcast🎧Entre démocratie et transactionnalisme | SWP Berlin

Your Wednesday Briefing

No one can instill in you a sense of inferiority without your consent.
Bertolt Brecht


By Azra Isakovic

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Wednesday Briefing

Featured

Liberal Order – The Liberal Order Begins at Home, by Robin Niblett & Leslie Vinjamuri | Foreign Affairs

Books

Political Science –Nonstate Warfare Stephen Biddle | Princeton University Press
Review – The Origins of Western Divergence  Robert Henderson | City Journal
Political Science –Subtle Tools, Karen J. Greenberg | Princeton University Press

Must-Reads

Vaccine Diplomacy – The Surprise Success of Sputnik V  C. Esch, J. Glüsing & C. Hebel | Der Spiegel
US/Russia – U.S.-Russian Relations Will Only Get Worse, James Goldgeier | Foreign Affairs
EU/Global – Built to order: How Europe can rebuild multilateralism after covid-19, Anthony Dworkin | ECFR
Covid19 – A COVID Counterfactual for Europe  Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate
China – With Xinjiang Cotton, China Takes On the World  Kris Cheng & Holmes Chan | Lowy
Northern Ireland – Ignoring Northern Ireland’s Dangerous Drift  Andrew McQuillan | Spectator
Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland Clashes Show Brexit Isn’t Done Ailbhe Rea | New Statesman
French politics: Macron faces test of character as Le Pen’s popularity grows, Victor Mallet | FT
Corporation Tax – Global corporate tax deal edges closer after US backs minimum rate, Chris Giles, Guy Chazan and David Keohane | FT

Research & Analysis

Economy/Health – Economic Policy for a Pandemic Age, Monica de Bolle, Maurice Obstfeld and Adam S. Posen | PIIE
Health – Health Silk Road 2020:A Bridge To The Future Of Health For All By Henry Tillman, YE Yu, YANG Jian | Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) [PDF]
EU/5G –The impact of 5G on the European economy | Accenture
EU/Corruption – A wicked problem: How to cooperate with collusive states? Roderick Parkes and Mark McQuay | EUISS
China – China as a ‘cyber great power’: Beijing’s two voices in telecommunications, Rush Doshi, Emily de La Bruyère, Nathan Picarsic, and John Ferguson | Brookings

Podcasts

Your Thursday Briefing

« A paranoid man is a man who knows a little about what’s going on. » William S. Burroughs


By Azra Isakovic

Thursday April 1, 2021

Good morning

Welcome to Your Thursday Briefing

Featured


COVID-19/Vaccine –Here’s how to get billions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world Chad P. Bown & Thomas J. Bollyky | Peterson Institute

Books

Ayn Rand – I Have Come to Bury Ayn Rand  David Sloan Wilson | Nautilus
Review –  Investing With Keynes  Philip Delves Broughton | The Wall Street Journal

Must-Reads

France –Macron Returns France to Lockdown as Vaccinations Lag, by Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut | The New York Time
France/Defense – The French armed forces are planning for high-intensity war | The Economist
Germany/Health ‘We are a laughing stock’: Covid-19 and Germany’s political malaise, Guy Chazan | Financial Times
Suez – On the Suez Canal and Chokepoints  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US/Army – U.S. Army Goes to School on Nagorno-Karabakh  Jack Detsch | Foreign Policy
India – India Has a Stake in Myanmar  Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Indian Express
Cyberworld Order – Russia and China Try to Rewrite the Cyberworld Order  David Ignatius | WaPo
Russia/Italy – Russian Spy Case Escalates in Italy  | RFERL
Pakistan/India – Another Tactical Thaw in Pakistan-India Relations  Aryaman Bhatnagar |  WPR
China/EU – China’s New Bogeyman: Europe  Stuart Lau | Politico EU
US – The U.S. Cannot Be Choosy About Its Allies  Janan Ganesh | Financial Times
US/MBS – A Wiser U.S. Check on MBS’s Power  F. Gregory Gause III | Foreign Affairs
EU/Trade – Europe and the Prospects for WTO Reform, Jennifer Hillman and Alex Tippett | CFR
US –Biden unveils $2tn infrastructure plan and big corporate tax rise, James Politi | Financial Times

Research & Analysis

Disinformation – Critical Disinformation Studies | unc_citap
Europe/Deterrence – Europe’s Evolving Deterrence Discourse, Amelia Morgan and Anna Peczeli, eds. | LLNL /King’s College/SAIC
EU – The power surplus, Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Kalypso Nicolaidis | CEPS
UK/Digital – Why The Government’s Integrated Defence Review Risks Sounding Like “Cyber-Rattling”, Ciaran Martin | Prospect/forum.eu

Podcasts

Enjeux InternationauxLe Sri Lanka, théâtre de la rivalité Inde/Chine, Julie Gacon et Raphaëlle Khan | France Culture

France/Defense – The French armed forces are planning for high-intensity war | The Economist

Atlas Hugged – David Sloan Wilson talks about his new book | Simpol

Your Friday Briefing

We should establish a chair for the teaching of reading between the lines.
Leon Bloy


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 19

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Health – The Next Shift : The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America, Gabriel Winant | Harvard University Press
Philosophy – In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy, by Katrina Forrester | Princeton University Press

Must-Reads

Health – The Rise of Healthcare in Steel City, Gabriel Winant | Dissent Magazine
Health/EU – Has the EU Lost Its Mind? Peter Franklin | UnHerd
Nuclear Risk – An existential discussion: What is the probability of nuclear war? By Martin E. Hellman, Vinton G. Cerf | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Vaccination –The Elephant In the Room: Herd Immunity via Tragedy | Zeynep Tufekci
US/Libya – The Libya Allergy, Colum Lynch | Foreign Policy
Mali conflict – ‘It’s not about jihad or Islam, but justice’ Patricia Huon | The Guardian
Europe – Is Denmark creating an inverted-Apartheid? Peter Franklin | UnHerd
US/Strategy – Humility in American Grand Strategy  Mathew Burrows & Robert Manning | WOTR
US/Africa – Understanding the New U.S. Terrorism Designations in Africa  | Crisis Group
Vaccine – Vaccine Suspense: Why Some Countries Are So Cautious  P. Treble | Maclean’s
Germany – Merkel’s CDU Mired in Scandal, Incompetence  Melanie Amann et al | Der Spiegel

Research & Analysis

Germany/US/China – Germany Between a Rock and a Hard Place in China-US Competition, Markus Jaeger | DGAP
US/EU/Technology – What’s Ahead for a Cooperative Regulatory Agenda on Artificial Intelligence? Meredith Broadbent | CSIS
US/Extremism – Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021 | Office of the Director of National Intelligence
EU/CounterterrorismThe Next Steps for EU Counterterrorism Policy, Raphael Bossong | SWP

Podcasts

Commune de Paris – Les damnés de la Commune, Raphaël Meyssan | ARTE
Histoire – Debout les damnés de la terre, destins de communards, par Xavier Mauduit | France Culture

Commune de ParisDernière révolution avant la République (4/4), par Perrine Kervran | France Culture

Commune de Paris – Les damnés de la Commune, Raphaël Meyssan | ARTE

Your Tuesday Briefing

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime. Jack Kerouac


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 16

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

Seshat Histories – History of the Axial Age by Daniel Hoyer, Jenny Reddish | Seshat
John le Carré My father was famous as John le Carré, Nick Cornwell  | The Guardian
Reading – Reading in a complex media-driven world | Tressie McMillan Cottom

Must-Reads

History Databank – Cleaning History Data: The Conflict Catalogue, by Jill Levine | Seshat
US/Digital – Why America Needs a Tech New Deal, by Nicol Turner Lee | Democracy Journal
Covid-19 – Capitalising on a crisis? by Brett Meyer | LSE EUROPP blog
NATO/China🇨🇳 – China’s rise is exactly the kind of threat NATO exists to stop, by Sara Bjerg Moller | Washington Post Opinions
US – How the 2020 census may help Republicans regain power in Washington | The Economist
Privacy – The UK is secretly testing a controversial web snooping tool, by Matt Burgess | WIRED UK
Brief – Russia’s Foreign Minister Visits Gulf States | Geopolitical Futures
Vaccination – I’ll take the « hippie dippy wishful thinking » case for vaccinating the worl | Zeynep Tufekci

Research & Analysis

US/Health/Economy/Defense – COVID-19 Impacts on Defense Supply Chains and the Defense Industrial Base, Bill Edgar | National Institute for Public Policy
Australia/Tech/Quad – Networked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad, by Martijn Rasser | CNAS
US – The Department of Homeland Security: Priorities for Reform | CNAS
Defence – Sweden’s security -The long way towards total defence, by Justyna Gotkowska | OSW [PDF]

Podcasts

Au Quad! – Les origines de «l’Indo-Pacifique» | ChinaTalk

Your Tuesday Briefing

“The common vice of democracy is disregard for morality.” Lord Acton


By Azra Isakovic

Tuesday, March 09

Good morning

Welcome to Your Tuesday Briefing

Books

À propos de : Par-delà les frontières du corps, Silvia Federici, | Éditions du remue-ménage
Ideas – The Women Who Changed war Reporting  George Packer, The Atlantic

Must-Reads

US – Responsible Statecraft Requires Remaking America’s Foreign Relations Tool Kit, Gordon Adams | Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
US – The Chimera of Globalist Empire  Andrew Michta, National Review
Nuclear – Armenia’s nuclear power plant is dangerous By Brenda Shaffer | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
US/Defense – Abandon Old Assumptions About Defense Spending  Robert Levinson, WOTR
Taiwan – The West Needs a More Collaborative Approach to Taiwan  Michael Mazza, AEI
Vaccines – Is Choice Always Worth the Anxiety? | Zeynep Tufekci
Myanmar – Myanmar’s Month-Long ‘Phony War’ Is Over  Bill Hayton, Chatham House
Europe/Russia – Away From Europe! Igor Torbakov | Utrikesmagasinet
China/Decoupling – Pharma groups spend billions to tap into booming China healthcare, Mercedes Ruehl and Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

Research & Analysis

Etudes Ifri – Cyber-influence : les nouveaux enjeux de la lutte informationnelle, par Elie Tenenbaum et Laure de Rochegonde | Ifri 📥 [PDF]
Nato – Containing NATO’s Mediterranean crisis, by Luigi Scazzieri | CER [PDF]

Podcasts

Enjeux internationaux – Le plan de relance américain, par Julie Gacon et Marie-Cécile Naves | France Culture

Your Friday Briefing

 » Réfléchir, c’est difficile. C’est pourquoi la plus part des gens jugent. »
Carl Gustav Jung


By Azra Isakovic

Friday, March 05

Good morning

Welcome to Your Friday Briefing

Books

Immigration – We’re Here Because You Were There, by Ian Sanjay Patel | Verso Books
History – Merpeople: A Human History, Vaughn Scribner | Reaktion Books
Books Reviewed – Merpeople: A Human History by Vaughn Scribner, Reaktion, by Marina Warner | The New York Review of Books
Poland – Europe’s Growth Champion by Marcin Piatkowski | Oxford Academic

Must-Reads

France – Is This the End of French Intellectual Life? Christopher Caldwell | New York Times Opinion
US vs China – Biden bets on alliances to push back against Beijing Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times
Nuclear Risk – French report grapples with nuclear fallout from Algerian War Austin Cooper | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Vaccine – “Britain’s outsourcing scandal”, by Robert Maisey | Le Monde diplomatique in English US/Germany – US hails German plan to send warship in China Sea | Euractiv
Big Bang – Distinguishing post-communist privatizations from the Big Bang, Branko Milanovic | globalinequality
Vaccine – Vaccine Efficacy, Statistical Power and Mental Models by zeynep tufekci
Russia – Biden’s Risky Russia Sanctions Game  Nikolas Gvosdev, Russia Matters
Yemen – Only a Strong White House Can End Yemen’s Civil War  Con Coughlin, The National
Africa – Great Power Competition Is Coming to Africa  M. Hicks, K. Atwell & D. Collini, FA
Economic behaviour – Witch hunts in pre-modern Germany | Aeon+Psyche
US/Iran – The US, Iran and Bargaining Positions  George Friedman | Geopolitical Futures
US – A Foreign Policy for the American People, Antony Blinken | Department of State

Research & Analysis

Nuclear Risk – Radioactivity Under the Sand by Jean-Marie Collin and Patrice Bouveret | Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung | ICAN France
Economy/Freedom – 2021 Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation
Digital – The Progressive Case for Universal Internet Access | Tony Blair Institute
Netherlands – Geopolitical Genesis: Dutch Foreign and Security Policy in a Post-COVID World, Clingendael/Hague Centre for Security Studies

Podcasts

Vaccin – Pourquoi le vaccin AstraZeneca suscite-t-il autant de réticences ? | France Culture

Argent –Les nazis et l’argent : au coeur du IIIe Reich | ARTE