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Germany’s Far Right, ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ Spain: Your Tuesday Briefing

2020-09-01 05:04:18

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Good morning.

We’re covering the rise of coronavirus cases in Spain, the arrest of the hero of “Hotel Rwanda” and the growing anger of Germany’s far-right fringe.

If Italy was the harbinger of the first wave of Europe’s coronavirus pandemic in February, Spain is the portent of its second.

It was a scene many Germans thought had been confined to their history books: Hundreds of far-right activists, who were waving the black, white and red flag of the pre-1918 German Empire that once inspired the Nazis, broke through a police barrier and tried to force their way into the German Parliament.

Mr. Rusesabagina, who has not lived in Rwanda for many years, was arrested “through international cooperation,” according to the bureau. It did not reveal which countries or agencies assisted, or where or when he was arrested.

Looking back: It has been 25 years since the genocide that killed as many as a million people. Rwanda continues to grapple with its legacy.

Katie, was there one moment you were thinking about as you watched Biden’s speech, after covering him during the primary?

KATIE GLUECK: I had this moment last fall where I’d been with him for quite a long time in Iowa, and the speeches were a little low on energy. He is someone who tries so hard to connect with audiences, and for a variety of reasons it was not working for him there. And then I went with him to North Carolina. He was speaking to a crowd there, and he was a different candidate. He was so energetic. The crowd was responding to him, and it was a reminder that, depending on the environment, he absolutely can bring that energy.

Matt, you wrote about why this campaign worked for Biden — it was his third run for president over more than 30 years. Why was this the moment?

MATT FLEGENHEIMER: In ’88, he ran on a personal integrity message, despite his relative youth. In ’08, as the kind of elder statesman senator, he ran on experience and foreign policy knowledge. That didn’t work, either.

In some ways he’s marrying those two in this campaign. There is the steady-hand statesman who has seen it and done it and knows all the players. And there’s this dominant frame around his own integrity, all the losses he has suffered, all the resiliency he’s demonstrated.

That’s all for today’s briefing. Looking forward to seeing you next time.

— Natasha

Thank you
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at
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