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Violence between Islamists and Kurds on Germany's streets this week has prompted some conservative politicians to call for a ban on demonstrations, amid fears further protests will...(full article)

No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they're not going to stop just because American ...(full article)

While Merkel brings the East German element of silence instead of discourse into federal German politics, President Joachim Gauck, also an East German, provides an audible dissiden...(full article)

It’s dangerous work being a Somali pirate. Not only is hijacking cargo ships out of the question— there’s now armed ex-military contractors fortified on their dec...(full article)

It's interesting, though, that even with the ECB doing more and more to pump up the economy, and with European yields far below their debt-crisis levels, Draghi still feels the nee...(full article)

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Germany's Two-Front Fight - Bosoni & Fleming-Williams, Stratfor

Germany is currently ruled by a grand coalition, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union party (and its sister party, the Bavaria-based Chris...

Tusk Gives the EU Reason for Optimism - Ian Hansen, EU Observer

Even for optimists, it is often difficult to be enthusiastic about the direction of the EU. However, the recent choice of Polish prime minister Donald Tusk as the next president of...

Germany Has a Big Anti-Semitism Problem - Benjamin Weinthal, FP

With anti-Semitism on the march, Germany's politicians and opinion makers are grappling with what went wrong with the country's seven-decade-long struggle to come to terms with its...

Germany's Economy Mirage - Philippe Legrain, Project Syndicate

For 60 years, successive German governments sought a more European Germany. But now, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration wants to reshape Europe’s economies in Germany’...

Does Human Rights Watch Understand Prejudice? - J. Goldberg, Atlantic

A powerful advocate appears to believe that anti-Semitism is sparked in part by Jewish behavior....

Germany's Crumbling Infrastructure Threatens Investment - Spiegel

Strong labor market figures still conceal Germany's most dangerous weakness: Hardly any other industrialized nation is so negligent and tight-fisted about its future....

Europe Needs a New Social Contract - Kemal Dervis, Project Syndicate

It will not be possible to design this new social contract country by country. Europe has become too interwoven in myriad ways – not just in purely financial and economic ter...

Germany's Jihadists On Trial - Spiegel Online

Hundreds of radical Islamists from Germany have headed to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Many have since returned home....

How the NSA Breached German Firms - Spiegel

It would seem highly likely that the NSA or one of its partners violated German law, potentially creating another NSA-related case for German public prosecutors....

A Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy - Maximilian Popp, Spiegel

The EU is sealing itself off, fearing that if it fails to do so, even more people will come, particularly from poorer countries. But it is also true that the transformation of the ...

Saving a Crucial Alliance - J. Janes, P. Nicholson, National Interest

Public denunciations and empty promises of retaliation undermine the vital intelligence coordination to counter real threats to both our countries. We may eventually strike a bette...

The Growing Isolation of Angela Merkel - Der Spiegel

The Chancellery in Berlin has demanded that EU countries in crisis undertake far-reaching structural reforms coupled with biting austerity programs. Paris, meanwhile, has been the ...

How Engels' Predictions for WWI Came True - Andrei Kokoshin, TNI

Virtually all of Europe’s statesmen and military leaders failed to anticipate the nature, duration and effects of World War I in the run-up to that great calamity. They also ...

Europe Has Been Scrimping on NATO - Gary Schmitt, NY Times

The reduction in military spending is a common theme across Europe. Five years ago, according to NATO figures, France’s military budget amounted to 2.4 percent of its G.D.P.; th...

Who's the Bigger Turkey Now? - New York Post

Chancellor Merkel insisted that “spying between friends — that’s just not done.” But now the spying device seems to be on the other foot…er, ear....

The Great Myth: World War I Was No Accident - Zachary Keck, Diplomat

World War I wasn’t an inadvertent war but the result of deliberate German state policy....

Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished - Klaus Wiegrefe, Der Spiegel

In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. In...

Can Germany Save Ukraine? - Dmitri Trenin, The National Interest

Putin and Poroshenko's recent meeting in Minsk opened the door for dialogue. Can Merkel keep it open?...

France & Friends Letting Germany Conquer Europe - Milton Ezrati, TNI

Without fundamental fiscal reform, the economies of the European periphery will be weak and increasingly subject to Teutonic domination....

Merkel Takes Charge of Pacifying Ukraine - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

As keeps happening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself in a leading role on the global stage -- this time in resolving the Ukraine crisis. Of all the world leaders, sh...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

How Germany Spies on Its Friends - Der Spiegel

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that ...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

Jozef Pilsudski's Europe - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Pilsudski dominated Polish affairs from the middle of World War I until his death in 1935. In the words of the late British-educated academic Alexandros Petersen, Pilsudski was fro...

For Europe, Punishing Putin Means Sharing Pain - The Scotsman

Economic sanctions are a two-edged sword, hurting those who impose them as well as those they are aimed at....

It's Time for Germany to Act Like a Great Power - Charles Moore, Telegraph

Should we be frightened? Despite being a Eurosceptic, I cannot honestly say that I am. So long as we do not have adopt the euro and pursue ever closer union, we need not be alarmed...

The War We Germans Never Talk About - Antonia Oettingen, The Spectator

In 1912 Kaiser Wilhelm had an ambitious task for my great-great-great uncle Karl Max von Lichnowsky. He sent him to London to be our ambassador there, with orders to try to ensure ...

Did NSA Snooping Hurt U.S. Image? Not So Much - Bruce Stokes, GPS

It is conventional wisdom among many pundits and opinion leaders that recent revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency have deeply scarred America’s reputati...

Germany: Alone at the Top - The Economist

Germany has done much to atone for the past. Now it faces leadership, a greater burden....

Putin's War (of Ideas) on Europe - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

This is, above all else, a war of ideas. Along with countless shells and missiles, what Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed into Ukraine is a set of ideological challenges ...

Europe Should Punish Putin, Not London - Daily Telegraph

The stench of hypocrisy is almost unbearable. Germany and the rest of the eurozone trade far more with Russia than Britain does, buying billions of pounds worth of gas and propping...

It's Up to Germany to Stop Russia - Brendan Simms, LE Standard

The Germans, however, are more cautious about confronting Russian aggression, and have been slow to deploy eastwards in support of their Nato allies. This partly reflects their dis...

My Father Tried to Kill Hitler - Alex Last, BBC Magazine

On 20 July 1944, a 36-year-old German army officer, Col Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, arrived at a heavily guarded complex hidden in a forest in East Prussia. His mission was...

U.S. & Germany: Rebuilding a Spy Partnership - David Ignatius, Wash Post

Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the...

On MH17, It's Old Europe Versus New Europe - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Key to understanding the "European" stance on Russia is that Europe's countries are themselves divided. Broadly speaking, the big western European nations — the UK, France, a...

Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves Again - Der Spiegel

Germans discovered a new lightness of being in the run-up to their World Cup victory. It's a shift apparent not only in football. Increasingly confident and content, Germany is eme...

Germany Is Weltmeister - Roger Cohen, New York Times

A new nation won the World Cup. It was the first victory for a unified Germany, or a reunified Germany if you prefer. That country was more than a generation in the making. Germans...

Korea Can't Follow German Unification Model - Yong Kwon, Diplomat

The long-delayed Unification Preparatory Committee has finally started work this week. Inaugurated in February, the actual launching of the committee had been postponed by domest...

Germany Goes Hunting for American Spies - Der Spiegel

The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be p...

Germany's Fake Outrage - John Rizzo, Time

It's unlikely Germany didn't know what the U.S. was up to, and kicking out a local CIA chief is largely political theatrics for a German citizenry still fuming over last year's rev...

Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down? - Nikolaus Blome, Der Spiegel

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she...

Germans, New Masters of the World - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Berlin, not Brussels, is the true political capital of the bloc: U.S. President Barack Obama met with Merkel in Germany twice in his first year as president (and visited Berlin dur...

Can the World Copy the German Model? - The Economist

Germany’s hidden champions are enjoying a measure of international celebrity. Officials and businesspeople from the world over are making pilgrimages to Germany to learn from...

Why the U.S. Spies on Germany - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

Lost in the controversy over American espionage on German targets is whether the spying is justified. Germany is an ally, but on a number of key issues, Germany’s foreign p...

Obama's Germany Syndrome - Edward Luce, Financial Times

When the president makes a promise, people are no longer inclined to take him at his word....

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The Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US sacrificed its values and betrayed its civil rig...

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive

Turkey stands by doing nothing while US bombs have been unable to slow down Islamic State fighters: ...

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate

A young Israeli is calling on his fellow citizens to move to Berlin, where life is cheaper than in T...

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorshi

The argument that a stable, autocratic state is better than a failed one has become increasingly fas...

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year

When over 300 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy last October, the incident prompted widespread...