Daniel Singer

Europe Correspondent

Daniel Singer, for many years The Nation's Paris-based Europe correspondent, was born on September 26, 1926, in Warsaw, was educated in France, Switzerland and England and died on December 2, 2000, in Paris.

He was a contributor to The Economist, The New Statesman and the Tribune and appeared as a commentator on NPR, "Monitor Radio" and the BBC, as well as Canadian and Australian broadcasting. (These credits are for his English-language work; he was also fluent in French, Polish, Russian and Italian.)

He was the author of Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 (Hill & Wang, 1970), The Road to Gdansk (Monthly Review Press, 1981), Is Socialism Doomed?: The Meaning of Mitterrand (Oxford, 1988) and Whose Millennium? Theirs or Ours? (Monthly Review Press, 1999).

A specialist on the Western European left as well as the former Communist nations, Singer ranged across the Continent in his dispatches to The Nation. Singer sharply critiqued Western-imposed economic "shock therapy" in the former Eastern Bloc and US support for Boris Yeltsin, sounded early warnings about the re-emergence of Fascist politics into the Italian mainstream, and, across the Mediterranean, reported on an Algeria sliding into civil war.

The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation was founded in 2000 to honor original essays that help further socialist ideas in the tradition of Daniel Singer.


The Specter of Capitalism The Specter of Capitalism

Letter From Europe.

Mar 22, 2011 / Feature / Daniel Singer

Battle of Belgium Battle of Belgium

It is a battle royal, and it foreshadows many more like it in the struggle for the economic mastery of Europe.

Mar 21, 2011 / Editorial / Daniel Singer

Euroland vs. Dollarland? Euroland vs. Dollarland?

Eurolabor is asking what's in the new European Monetary Union for workers.

Aug 8, 2005 / Feature / Daniel Singer

As Europe Turns As Europe Turns

Is Britain drifting away from Europe, its conservative stability contrasting with the political turmoil on the Continent?

Aug 8, 2005 / Editorial / Daniel Singer

Poland’s Perón? Poland’s Perón?

At the second Congress of Solidarity, held in Gdansk from April 19 to 25, Lech Walesa did nothing to deny the suggestions of his fellow unionists that he may soon be riding on...

Aug 8, 2005 / Editorial / Daniel Singer

Polska Amnestia Polska Amnestia

The amnesty for Poland's political prisoners announced on July 21 is a victory for the four leaders of KOR.

Aug 8, 2005 / Editorial / Daniel Singer

The Spying Game The Spying Game

The recent flap in Paris regarding five C.I.A. operatives who allegedly tried to bribe their way into the very center of government policy-making should not be interpreted as a G...

Jan 28, 2004 / Editorial / Daniel Singer

Gains and Losses Gains and Losses

Big business is climbing over Europe's national frontiers much more easily than labor unions or democratic institutions.

Nov 12, 2003 / Editorial / Daniel Singer

On Recapturing the Soviet Past On Recapturing the Soviet Past

The dead, claims a French legal saying, seizes the living--"le mort saisit le vif"--and indeed the dead weight of the past often seems to be strangling the present, particularly ...

Nov 11, 2003 / Feature / Daniel Singer

It’s Only a Beginning It’s Only a Beginning

Nearly four years have elapsed since that merry month of May when France and the whole world were taken aback by a sudden and momentous upheaval.

Apr 17, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Daniel Singer