Klaus Emmerich (journalist)

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Klaus Emmerich (2014)
Klaus Emmerich (center), 1976

Klaus Emmerich (born June 3, 1928 in Frankfurt am Main ) is an Austrian journalist .

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Klaus Emmerich, son of Austrian parents, graduated from high school in Spittal an der Drau in 1948 and studied English and then economics in Vienna and Bonn . As early as 1947 he began his journalistic activity as a business correspondent for various newspapers such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung , the Wirtschaftsverlag and others. In 1956 he switched to the press as Germany correspondent where he stayed until 1969. At the same time he was with Deutsche Welle in Bonn and came to WDR in Cologne.

In 1969 he came to ORF , where he became known to a wide audience as a correspondent in Bonn, Washington and Brussels in Austria. He also worked as editor- in- chief at ORF 2 . He has been a freelance journalist and publicist since 1992.

Emmerich received criticism after speaking about Barack Obama as a guest on an ORF TV program and in a subsequent newspaper interview . Emmerich said of Obama's election victory, among other things: “ I don't want to be directed by a black man in the western world. If you say this is a racist remark: right, there is no question at all. ". In addition, he insinuated a parallel between Obama's campaign leadership and the propaganda of the National Socialists . Emmerich also said in the interview in question that he saw Obama's election as “ an extremely worrying development ”, for example because “ the blacks are not yet that far in their political and civilizational development ”. As a result, green politicians called for Emmerich to stop working as a commentator in the future.

After the statements in Austria apparently met with little protest, the American ambassador in Vienna, David F. Girard-diCarlo , presented an official protest note on November 16, 2008, in which Emmerich's statements were an affront to Obama and the whole people of the United States States are condemned and a condemnation of the statements by ORF and politics going beyond the previous statements is demanded.


  • Is north-south relaxation possible? , 1973, Edition Interform, Zurich
  • The American Century , 1989, together with D. Kronzucker, ECON-Verlag, Düsseldorf
  • Unlike the others, Austria's role in Europe , 1992, ECON-Verlag
  • EU - Pros and Cons , 1993, together with E. Swietly, Ueberreuter-Verlag, Vienna
  • The Uprooted Continent, Europe and the New World Order , 1994, co-author, ECON
  • A touch of Habsburg, Five States between East and West , 1994, ECON
  • Europe new, the concept of the President of the EU Commission Jacques Santer , 1995, Ueberreuter-Verlag, Vienna
  • Bankruptcy of a caste , 1997, Ueberreuter-Verlag, Vienna
  • Adventure future, what will come after the turn of the millennium? , 1999 Ueberreuter
  • Oh, these Germans , 2000, Böhlau Verlag. ISBN 978-3-205-99243-1
  • New money - old value, one currency, one market, one Europe , 2001 Böhlau. ISBN 978-3-205-99416-9
  • Atlantic divorce, America and Europe drifting apart? , 2003, Molden
  • For example Austria. Cultural power, economic power, identity , 2006, Böhlau. ISBN 978-3-205-77553-9
  • The rapporteur. A journalist's life in Vienna, Bonn, Washington and Brussels , 2008, Böhlau. ISBN 978-3-205-77741-0

Individual evidence

  1. Article Racism allegations against prominent journalists from November 6, 2008 on Spiegel online
  2. Article ORF distances itself from Emmerich ( memento of November 9, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) of November 6, 2008 on kurier.at des Kurier
  3. Article "Don't want black people to conduct me" in Der Standard from November 6, 2008
  4. Article USA attack broadcasters for racism from November 16, 2008 in Spiegel Online

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