Is Germany’s Status as Moral Arbiter of Europe Endangered?

Protests broken by force; a journalist, imprisoned, vows to uncover the truth; international bodies and NGOs examine the wreckage to find out what went wrong. It’s a story that by rights should belong in one of the worst of the former Soviet Socialist Republics.

Instead, it belongs in Germany.

One of the founders of the European Union back to its days as a bilateral trade agreement, the at times over-zealous proponent of human rights abroad, and the moral scold of the former Soviet Union (except Russia), Germany’s self-appointed position as Europe’s public moral referee is endangered by its heavy-handed if not brutal reaction to recent protests. Led by an award-winning, formerly imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist, human rights activists, NGOs, and academics have come together to examine: What went wrong in Germany?