February 4, 2014

Germany Must Back Words with Deeds

Christiane Hoffmann, Der Spiegel

The Associated Press

German politicians have won applause abroad for promising a beefier role in international crisis management in the future. But does Chancellor Merkel support the new line? Berlin's behavior in Syria and Ukraine will prove how serious it is about the rethink.

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What Japan Can Learn from German Repentance
L. Linquan, Irish Times
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January 27, 2014
The Bull in the Eurozone's China Shop
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Michaela Schiessl, Der Spiegel
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January 25, 2014
Being Jewish in Today's Germany
Lucy McKeon, Boston Review
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