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After calling the shots on Ukraine last year and leading Europe’s reaction to the Greek conundrum, Angela Merkel has assumed responsibility for forging a common European stra...(full article)

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Europe Learns Some Hard Lessons Greek Bailout Is Set - Irish Times

The Greek bailout is almost ready to go, though it still faces parliamentary votes today in Germany and the Netherlands, the latter of which could conceivably cause difficulties. T...

Germans Aiding Refugees When the State Fails To - Der Spiegel

The day has only just begun, but the phone in Anja Damerius' office at the University of Siegen is already ringing off the hook. An elderly woman wants to read books to refugee chi...

Germany Has a Refugee Problem - Sumi Somaskanda, Foreign Policy

Since the start of the year, there has been a spate of arson attacks on housing for asylum-seekers across Germany as the country grapples with a swell of anti-refugee sentiment. Th...

Berlin Goes After Journalists - Der Spiegel

The mood in Berlin was quite a bit different. In an almost unprecedented show of unity, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet distanced themselves from Range. They acted as thou...

Germans Don't Want to 'Punish' Greece - Ulrich Speck & Jeanne Park, CFR

Things are in flux but this doesn't mean the EU isn't working per se. So I wouldn't say this is an EU in decline. Rather it is an EU that is somehow confused....

A Big Chill in Poland-Germany Relations - Michal Szuldrzynski, Politico EU

Warsaw’s foreign policy faces an electoral test this fall....

Can Germany Handle 400,000 Refugees? - Der Spiegel

More Germans than ever before are at ease with themselves and their asylum-seekers. But this year the country is expecting to receive around 400,000 new refugees, a figure that rai...

Greece and Germany: A Romance Gone Sour - BBC

Why the row between Greece and Germany is like a lovers' tiff....

Flames of Hate Haunt Germany - Der Spiegel

It's a Monday night in July and Samuel Osei is frightened to death. Two neo-Nazis have entered the concrete bloc apartment building where Osei is staying, on the edge of Greifswald...

The Return of the Ugly German - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

BERLIN – During the long night of negotiations over Greece on July 12-13, something fundamental to the European Union cracked. Since then, Europeans have been living in a dif...

The Man Behind the Iron Chancellor - Paul Hockenos, Foreign Policy

Merkel got the Greece deal she wanted, but it caused rifts in her party and strengthened the hand of her hard-line finance minister....

Europe's Civil War - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

The EU is now facing its own civil war, though one that, fortunately, is free of physical violence. Without statesmen and stateswomen able to articulate a vision of a shared future...

Europe's Confused Attitude to German Leadership - Bill Emmott, FT

We are in an interval during the long Greek tragedy, in a gap between the wailings of the chorus but still far from the end, so this is a good moment to ponder one important point ...

Grexit: Schauble Puts Merkel on the Defensive - Der Spiegel

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had a plan to push Greece out of the euro zone. Chancellor Merkel wasn't sure what to do about it. The result is widespread resentmen...

Israel, Germany Spar over Franz Kafka's Legacy - J. Dana, The National

The ownership of unpublished manuscripts and novels written by Franz Kafka, the Czech-Jewish writer widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest German-language authors, i...

Has Germany Crossed a Line? - Steven Erlanger, New York Times

“I think the Germans have crossed a line,” he said, “and it will be very difficult for them to walk it back.”...

Germany Should Exit the Euro - Ashoka Mody, Bloomberg View

The latest round of wrangling between Greece and its European creditors has demonstrated yet again that countries with such disparate economies should never have entered a currency...

Berlin's Museums: Boring & Nobody Visits - Ulrike Knofel, Der Spiegel

As far as major cities go, few other places are in possession of so many treasures that are so poorly exhibited as Berlin. It's as though cultural institutions here go out of their...

Merkel Crushes Asylum Dreams of Girl on Live TV - Tim McGrath, GP

Angela Merkel's hard-nosed handling of Greek debt hasled to accusations that she's merciless and unyielding — the euro zone's 'bad cop' who's got the stomach to get unpleasant...

A Nakedly German Europe - Rosemary Righter, Politico EU

“Brutal. …Violent. … A crucifixion.”  In Brussels, the world capital of circumlocution where “difficult” is as bad as it gets, such langu...

An Empire Strikes Back: Germany and the Crisis - G. Friedman, Stratfor

The Greek people had backed Germany into a corner, where its only choice was to risk everything. It was not a good place for Greece to put the Germans. They struck back with vengea...

Germany's Drug Mule Problem - Andreas Ulrich, Der Spiegel

The Airbus aircraft, in red and white livery, is parked at Gate 1 of the Curaçao airport. It's a Tuesday in June and passengers are waiting to board the jet. One young man d...

If This Is a Win for Europe, What Does Defeat Look Like? - N. Irwin, NYT

For years, Greece’s negotiations with its European creditors have featured moments in which all parties stare into the abyss, fear what they see, and step back to reach a dea...

The Banal Idiocy of #ThisIsaCoup - James Kirkup, Telegraph

Likening today's German government to the Nazi regime is offensively stupid....

Europe's Bad Cops - Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU

Why are Merkel and Schäuble so harsh with Athens? Look at German domestic politics....

France Takes Greece's Side Against Germany - Clive Crook, Bloomberg

You can't exaggerate the importance of France's decision to align itself with Greece before this weekend's crisis meetings. As Wolfgang Munchau correctly notes in the Financial Tim...

Still Time for Merkel to Find Her Moment - H. Nehring, The Conversation

In the week before the Greek referendum, leading German tabloid BILD conducted its own referendum on what should happen to Greece. The question: “Should we support Greece wit...

The German-U.S. Friendship Has Evaporated - M. Feldenkirchen, Spiegel

Following the latest revelations about surveillance by the United States on the German government and media, it is high time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to take action against the...

The Myth of the Hypocritical Hun - Ronald Granieri, FPRI

West Germany in 1953 was indeed treated differently than Greece in 2011-2015. What the Facebook meme forgets is that West Germany got that debt deal after the destruction of a war ...

No, Germany Is Not a Military Free-Rider - Ulrich Kuhn, War on the Rocks

In the coming years, Germany will invest more than eight billion euros ($8.9 billion) in defense, increasing the number of main battle tanks it operates by roughly 100 to 330 in to...

Piketty: Germany Has Never Repaid Its Debts - Gavin Schalliol, Medium

When I hear the Germans say that they maintain a very moral stance about debt and strongly believe that debts must be repaid, then I think: what a huge joke! Germany is the country...

Angela's Ashes: How Merkel Failed Europe - P. Muller & R. Pfister, Spiegel

Angela Merkel relishes her reputation as queen of Europe. But she hasn't learned how to use her power, instead allowing a bad situation to heat up to the boiling point. Her inabili...

Beyond the Greek Impasse - George Friedman, Stratfor

If the creation of a peaceful European civilization rests on prosperity, as the founding EU document claims, Europe is in trouble....

Germany Faces Billions in Losses - Florian Diekmann, Der Spiegel

Vast amounts of German money are at stake if Greece goes bankrupt -- with liabilities as high as €84 billion. Even though that figure is a large one, it would be paid over yea...

Germany Losing Faith in America - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

To many, America is synonymous with freedom. The country dubbed itself the "land of the free" and, when trying to reclaim sliced and fried potatoes from the French, briefly attempt...

Germany Warmly Welcomes Queen - Justin Huggler, Daily Telegraph

Germany’s press greeted the start of a state visit by the Queen enthusiastically on Wednesday. “Now We’re Queensland,” Bild, the country’s biggest-selling newspaper decla...

Germany Bans Symbols of Hate. Why Not U.S.? - Joshua Keating, Slate

“I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle,” Adolf Hitler wrot...

Germany Behind in the Pot Revolution - Hoflinger & Evers, Der Spiegel

Ms. Zeng speaks quietly, almost in a whisper, with a strong Chinese accent. How long have you been having trouble sleeping, she asks her customer. Maybe a few weeks, he replies. Ms...

Once Again, U.S. Will Have to Carry Europe - J. Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Overall, the depressing aspect of the Pew poll is how, once again, the Europeans take the United States as their security guarantor for granted. Why successive U.S. administrations...

German Leadership, Divided over Greece - Muller et al, Spiegel

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble appears to have given up hope of a satisfactory outcome to the Greek crisis. Unlike the chancellor, he is willing to cut the rope on Athens....

Have Greece and Germany Burned the Last Bridge? - Economist

Some European officials wonder why middle-class Greeks have not yet started banging pots and pans outside parliament, as middle-class voters in Argentina have done to protest their...

The Limits of German Guilt - Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project Syndicate

As Israel’s policies have become increasingly indefensible, the Germans’ will to shape national policy independent of Holocaust guilt has grown even stronger....

U.S. & Germany Must Rebuild Trust - Donfried & Ischinger, Der Spiegel

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned T...

Germany's Destiny: The Well-Meaning Hegemon - AJ Motyl, WA Journal

Nothing could be more unlike the Russo-Ukrainian war in the Donbas than Munich’s remarkably well-ordered condition. The desperate desire of Germans to look away from the deat...

In Germany, Anti-Americanism Goes on Display - Alex Berezow, RCW

I will never forget my first trip to Germany. My father-in-law was at the wheel as we drove across the Polish border into the German state of Brandenburg. The countryside highway ...

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In an interview, former Afghan secret service chief Amrullah Saleh discusses the recent wave of Tali...

Deliberate Deception: Washington Ga

For months, the German government sought to create the impression it was still waiting for an answer...

Nobel Laureates: 'Women Are Just As

In a SPIEGEL interview, Nobel Prize for medicine recipients Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and May-Bri...

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China's slowing economy has German industry worried about its exports to Asia. But as it goes about ...