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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...(full article)

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

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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 ...

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....

Angela Merkel Is Very Angry - Fred Kaplan, Slate

This is no joke....

The German-American Breakup - Jacob Heilbrunn, Los Angeles Times

Germans, who acutely remember the totalitarian surveillance of Nazi Germany and East Germany, cherish their strict data protection and limits on state monitoring. The pervasive spy...

Germany's Choice: America or Russia? - Feldenkirchen, et al., Der Spiegel

For decades, Germany's position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the U.S. But d...

We Can't Trust Germany - Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The expulsion of the CIA's station chief from Berlin raises an obvious question – why do the Americans find it necessary to conduct espionage operations against a country that ...

Let's Learn to Love Germany - Simon Winder, Daily Telegraph

The skill and efficiency of its football team reflects a country that is wealthier, happier and more dynamic than Britain....

Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country - Matthias Gebauer, Spiegel

In what amounts to a diplomatic earthquake, Berlin has asked the country's top CIA official to leave Germany. The measures comes in response to the second allegation in a week of a...

World Cup Final: Pope Francis vs. Pope Benedict - Barbie Nadeau, DB

It’s being called a “holy war” with both World Cup finalists hoping for a divine intervention from Rome. But when Argentina and Germany face each other for the Wo...

Why America Must Spy on the Germans - James Kirchick, The Daily Beast

I’ve lived and loved in Germany, count Berlin as one of my favorite cities, and—pending reactions to this article—may even move back there someday. But given its intense busi...

Why Germany Crushed Brazil - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Germans are having a hard time believing what happened Tuesday night in Brazil. Sure, they are celebrating their country's 7:1 win over the home favorites in a World Cup semifinal ...

Germans Probe 2nd Spy Case Reportedly Involving U.S. - F. Jordans, AP

German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over rela...

The Inevitability of Foreign Entanglements - George Friedman, Stratfor

The Fourth of July weekend gave me time to consider events in Iraq and Ukraine, U.S.-German relations and the Mexican borderland and immigration. I did so in the context of the fou...

Tapping Merkel's Phone Was Absolutely Wrong - Hillary Clinton, Spiegel

In an interview, Hillary Clinton discusses the growing gap between the rich and poor that threatens democracy, Americans' discontent with politics, her regrets over NSA spying on C...

How Matteo Renzi Beat Merkel on Austerity - Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters

Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy who took the revolving presidency of the European Union this week, seems to be the sort of man that Napoleon was referring to when he repu...

Amazon's War on Germany's Book Industry - Hulsen & Voigt, Der Spiegel

Amazon is delaying deliveries in Germany in a bid to raise its share of e-book earnings. A number of the country's biggest publishers say the strategy amounts to blackmail and are ...

Germany Confronts Its Military Past - Jan Plamper, The Independent

When I was asked if I had any knowledge of my family’s involvement in the First World War, I was dumbfounded. I had never thought about this question before....

World Cup Revives Old Border Wars - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

And then there were eight. The World Cup quarterfinals kick off Friday with two regional grudge matches: Brazil takes on an effervescent Colombia in the city of Fortaleza, while Fr...

Europe Torn Apart in the Asian Century? - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

For large parts of history, Europe was the dominating power in international politics. Since World War II, most of Europe has continued in that role as part of the U.S.-led Western...

Europe Just Became Even More German - Mats Persson, Daily Telegraph

Some German commentators and politicians bought into the idea of Spitzenkandidaten because they see it as a way of replicating the German federal model at the EU level (NB: ‘...

Germany's Superpower Quest Caused World War I - Michael Lind, TNI

A German victory in World War I would have created a European superpower which, if less maniacal and murderous than Hitler’s aborted superstate, would have been much more for...

Germany Plays Good Cop, Bad Cop on Ukraine - Ulrich Speck, Carnegie

The euro crisis revealed that Berlin has become the EU's most important capital today. But that crisis was mainly about internal relations among EU states. The conflict with Russia...

The Rise of the Hipster German Nazi - Thomas Rogers, Rolling Stone

Over the past year, partly because of leaders like Schroeder and partly because of the unstoppable globalization of youth culture, the hipsterification of the German neo-Nazi scene...

UK's Wooing of Germany Has Flopped - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

Left to their own devices, Mr Cameron and Ms Merkel could probably have sorted out the commission presidency and a host of other EU issues over a convivial lunch. In reality, both ...

Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe - Der Spiegel

For years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the strongest politician in the European Union. Lately, her hold on power has become weaker -- and one of the greatest challenges is ...

Envy Germany's Rental Culture - Mark Schieritz, Financial Times

There is no shortage of explanations for the resilience of the German economy: its companies are strong; its political and social institutions stable; and the skills of its enginee...

How Pacifism Became a German Lifestyle - Henryk Broder, Die Welt

German pacifism is mainly directed against those whose military engagement made a movement like theirs possible in the first place. Without Allied intervention there would be no pe...

Germany's Deep Cooperation with the NSA - Der Spiegel

Cooperation between Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, and America's NSA is deeper than previously believed. German agents appear to have crossed into constitutionall...

Germany's Budding Defense Debate - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

Something is sprouting in Germany. As Europeans ponder the necessity of military strength after Russia's annexation of Crimea, and NATO charts its course for the post-Afghanistan e...

Putin Has Exposed Europe's Cracks - Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

For the past 25 years, the Poles were told that the new Germany would have their back. After German unification and the eastward expansion of the EU and NATO, as the reassuring slo...

Wanted: Inflation in Germany - Chris Johns, Irish Times

The current behaviour of global bond and equity markets could, as is often the case, be simply irrational. About the only way we can justify all-time highs in bond prices and stock...

Why Germans Play Indian Dress Up - Jason Overdorf, Global Post

Many Germans are fascinated by the Wild West and a romanticized stereotype of “the Indians.” But with tens of thousands of German hobbyists donning feathers and camping in teep...

Europe in a Multipolar World - Volker Perthes, Project Syndicate

EU member states have no interest in letting their continent slip back into ethnic nationalism and power politics. The Ukraine crisis is therefore both a challenge and an opportuni...

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The Orange Social Design Award: Hel

Vegetables for all and collection bags for second-hand treasures: Smart design doesn't just look go...

Europe's Ground Zero: Fairy Tales a

There's an eerie silence at the MH 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, even as a civil war and propa...

The Children of War: A Humanitarian

Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip triggered a bloody war. Brutal images of dead and injured Pal...

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens S

It took the shooting down of a Boeing jet carrying almost 300 people before the EU agreed on the f...