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American's New, 'Spezial' Relationship

Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU

Merkel's Blunder Doesn't Justify UK Exit

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Obama's Big Damage-Control Tour

Michael Crowley, Politico

Today, the Czechs find themselves surrounded by familiar challenges. The most serious challenge is Germany. Economically, Germany is bound to stumble over its export dependence soo...(full article)

In the Obama era, trade and strategic links have never been as strong. Nor have German misgivings about the U.S. been as pronounced....(full article)

Advocates of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union have pounced on Chancellor Angela Merkel's ill-advised decision to allow the prosecution of satirist Jan Boehmermann for ...(full article)

The centerpiece of Obama's trip will be a stop in Hanover, Germany, where his relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel is strong — the Atlantic described her as "one of ...(full article)

Love is a many splendoured thing. Cupid’s darts find the most unexpected targets. I am not for one minute prepared to exclude the possibility that erotic interest may flower ...(full article)

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Merkel Sends the Wrong Signal to Turkey - New York Times

The choice Angela Merkel had when Turkey’s imperious president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanded that Germany prosecute a comedian was a variation on the dilemma posed by a kidnapp...

Erdogan and the Satirist - Der Spiegel

European Parliament is planning to eliminate the use of private firms for its chauffeur service following the discovery of Islamic State propaganda on two drivers in Brussels and S...

Angela Merkel's Sultanic Bargain - James Kirchick, Politico EU

As if to confirm the stereotype that Germans lack a sense of humor, Chancellor Angela Merkel last week allowed a legal case to proceed against a comedian accused of “insultin...

The Two Europes Need British Leadership - Robert Skidelsky, Project Syn.

By staying in, Britain would be able to ensure that, if and when the eurozone’s breakup comes, the process is not too messy, and will at any rate preserve something of the sp...

Erdogan and Merkel's Comic Comeuppance - Anna Sauerbrey, NY Times

BERLIN — THOUGH it’s a fact often overlooked by the rest of the world, Germany is a funny place — seriously. Long before Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee redefined to...

A Trojan Horse From Russia to Germany? - Fiona Wong, Ramen IR

By maintaining gas flows to “core EU states,” a number of Central and Eastern European countries fear that Russia will be able to more readily use its energy resources ...

Merkel Faces a Serious Satirical Threat - Stefan Kuzmany, Der Spiegel

It is a curious axiom in the history of political scandals that politicians only rarely stumble over the actual mistakes they make. More often, they trip over their futile and incr...

Merkel Stuck Defending a Bad Joke - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Although no action has been taken in response to Turkey's formal demand for criminal punishment for the satirist, German prosecutors opened an investigation of the poem. Boehmerma...

A Dirty Poem Just Became an International Crisis - Lucian Kim, Reuters

Just when German Chancellor Angela Merkel thought she had checked “Turkey” off her to-do list for solving Europe’s refugee crisis, a filth-laden poem read by a la...

Britain, Let's Leave the EU and Join Germany - Nigel Farndale, Spectator

We have the same Protestant work ethic as the Germans. We enjoy the same things, such as brass bands, rambling and driving German cars. We both consider the sausage the height of c...

Left-Wing Pieties Collide in Western Europe - Heather MacDonald, CJ

The hierarchy of left-wing pieties thus seems clear: narcissistic feminism may be important, but it’s even more important to inundate the West with Third World peoples. If that m...

France Confronts Germany on Defense: Bad Omen - George Friedman, GF

France and Germany are growing further apart. When it comes to their approach to security threats, military operations and spending priorities, the two countries increasingly diver...

Germany Takes Aim at the European Central Bank - Der Spiegel

The alienation between Germany and the ECB has reached a new level. Back in deutsche mark times, Europeans often joked that the Germans "may not believe in God, but they believe in...

Europe's New Refugee Plan: Push 'Em Back - John Psaropoulos, Daily Beast

Most of the pressure, according to Stavropoulou, is coming from “countries that are very invested in the deal with Turkey working.” Germany, which received over a milli...

Germany Can Take That Smug Look Off Its Face - Lucian Kim, Reuters

There is a time-tested European tradition of sneering at the crassness of American capitalism and the blowhards it produces. But Germans in particular are discovering that their so...

Germany Is as Divided as Trump's America - Konstantin Richter, Guardian

The mood started to shift in late 2015; and when hundreds of women were assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, it turned ugly. By then, my wife and I had left Germany for a long...

The EU's Revolting Diplomacy - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

“We will put Ostpolitik on steroids,” a visibly energized Steinmeier said during a late-hour press conference in the Dutch city, referring to Germany’s Cold War&n...

Merkel's Unpopular Goodness - Daniel Kehlmann, New York Times

Berlin — WHEN I returned to Berlin recently after a few months away, a friend asked me to try a new Chinese restaurant in Kreuzberg, a hip multiethnic neighborhood in the cit...

To Unify Europe, Face the Mideast as One - Norbert Rottgen, NY Times

After the horror in Brussels, Europe is mourning once more. Rightly, the states of the European Union are also focused on bringing the perpetrators to justice and preventing a foll...

The New Year's Assaults? Not Even a Crime in Germany - Jina Moore, BF

It was hardly the first or last time women have been assaulted during a big public holiday in Germany, but it is the first time, thanks to the obsessive discussion that followed th...

Inside the Revolt Against Angela Merkel - Der Spiegel

Why do people vote for Alternative for Germany (AfD), the right-wing, anti-immigration party that has stormed onto the German political stage? It's an appropriate question for Hara...

Merkel Fights for Christian Democracy - Jan-Werner Mueller, For. Policy

Contrary to what is often claimed in the American media, religion continues to matter in Europe – and in European politics. Merkel is effectively forcing believers in Europe ...

Merkel's Real Problem Isn't in Germany - Anne Applebaum, Slate

The crisis facing Merkel is not, therefore, the one that most headline writers imagine: Her country still backs her. But the rest of the continent doesn’t. Not for the first ...

Merkel's Black Sunday - Japan Times

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been hurt by regional elections held last weekend. In that ballot, the rightwing Alternative for Germany (AfD) surmounted the 5 percent barrier ...

Can Merkel Hold the Core Together? - Timothy Garton Ash, Guardian

Why did you come to Germany and not Italy? I ask Jawad, a skinny 16-year-old from Afghanistan, standing outside his family’s blanket-tented six square metres of home at an em...

EU Impotence on Display in Turkey Deal - Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph

Yet again, Europe is about to agree to a deal that is illegal, impractical and unenforceable, and everyone knows it – not least the German public, 71 per cent of whom do not ...

Merkel Is Bruised but Still Standing - Lucian Kim, Reuters

The 1 million asylum seekers who reached Germany in 2015 — and the prospect of a similar number arriving this year — turned these elections into a referendum on Merkel&...

Why the German Far Right's Big Win Matters - Max Fisher, Vox

Germany held regional elections on Sunday in three states, and the results were shocking. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which ran on a xenophobic, anti-immigra...

A Yellow Card for Merkel - Guardian

After Sunday’s voting, German politics now has a significant anti-migration party. That’s disturbing, but it makes Germany a more typical European country than it was b...

The Unraveling of Merkel's Power - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

The German chancellor has lost support at home and control in Europe....

State Voters Warn Merkel - Irish Times

But defiant CDU party declares: ‘The German government will continue to pursue its refugee policy with all its might, both at home and abroad’...

Merkel's Historic Error - Telegraph

The German chancellor's decision to welcome migrants could wreck the European project and push Britain out of the union....

Germany's Right Wing Takes Flight - Stefan Kuzmany, Der Spiegel

Every mainstream political party in Germany threw its support behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies -- forcing doubters into the open arms of the right-wing populists....

Merkel's Huge Rebuke and What It Means - M. Karnitschnig, Politico EU

They were not prepared for what can only be described as a historic debacle. The CDU had hoped to retake two western German states, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate,...

Germany's Election Result a Warning to Merkel - Mary Dejevsky, Guardian

With no mainstream outlet for discontent over migration, the real problem facing the chancellor is not AfD gains but the future effects of her deal with Turkey....

No Need for Merkel to Panic Yet - Pawel Swidlicki, Daily Telegraph

Politics is fracturing in major European countries - that doesn't mean the establishment is about to fall....

Germany's Trump-Like Problem - Erik Kirschbaum, Los Angeles Times

The Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, has campaigned hard against refugees streaming into the country, mostly from Syria and Iraq, and it has surged in public opinion polls fr...

How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power - Der Spiegel

With her refugee policies, Chancellor Merkel has isolated Germany to a greater degree than any of her predecessors. The Balkan Route has been closed down against her will and many ...

Obama's Right: Europe's Free Riders Must Act - N. Nougayrede, Guardian

The US president has had harsh words for his Nato allies. With luck they will galvanise Britain, France and Germany into action....

In Decline of Germany's Left, a Warning for Labour - D. Akrap, Guardian

The country’s oldest party has moved so far from its historical purpose that it looks like becoming an electoral irrelevance....

Germany Enters a Scary New Political Era - Dirk Kurbjuweit, Der Spiegel

Ahead of Sunday's state election in Baden-Württemberg, pundits are speculating about the creation of a "Germany Coalition," a coalition that would bring together the CDU, SPD ...

Germany's Established Immigrants Bristle at Refugees - Somaskanda, FP

Ironically, these latest tensions come at a time when the heated discourse surrounding Germany’s Turkish community in particular might be growing obsolete. Second and third g...

100 Years of Bavarian Automaking Brilliance - Economist

Having filled every imaginable niche, however, its growth seems to be slowing as it struggles to imagine new ones. Mercedes may overtake BMW by unit sales this year, as a slick re-...

Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink - Der Spiegel

This is where Fortress Europe begins, secured with razor wire and defended with tear gas. Desperate scenes played out here on Monday, reminiscent of those witnessed in Hungary back...

The World Is Split Between Trump and Merkel - Ulrich Speck, Guardian

At the core of the debate is the meaning of borders: should they be porous or tightly controlled? Are they mainly an obstacle to the free and productive flow of ideas, people, good...

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The 'Freital Group': German Prosecu

Local prosecutors in a German state believed a group had sought to intimidate refugees. But federal ...

Satire Affair: Turkish-Germans Cau

An insulting poem about Turkish President Erdogan by German comedian Jan Böhmermann has set off wid...

Donald Tusk on Refugee Crisis: We C

Tough policies on migration do not rule out humanitarian goals in the EU, the European Council presi...

Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome

Moscow was long in the hands of criminals and the nouveau riche. Today, Europe's biggest metropolis ...

Attacking Beer Purity: The Twiligh

Germany's beer purity law celebrates its 500th birthday this weekend. The strict brewing rules are w...