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Meet Imam Kamouss, the handsome, popular, self-proclaimed moderate Muslim preacher who has become the face of intolerance and terror across Germany....(full article)

Whenever Ismail Cetinkaya runs into one of those young men who want to leave Hamburg to fight in Syria, he asks: "Have you ever slept without heat in the winter? Do you know what i...(full article)

Juncker’s new fund will do little to head off Europe’s lost decade, as Friedman and Keynes would agree....(full article)

Ukraine’s fate may depend upon the battle within Germany’s ruling coalition over its policy towards Putin’s Russia. In the United States, the new Republican Senat...(full article)

The eurozone seems incapable of escaping near-deflation, with little economic growth and prices barely moving upwards....(full article)

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Greece's Collision Course with Germany - Desmond Lachman, AEIdeas

Today’s decision by the Greek government to present a budget for 2015 that is in open defiance of the wishes of its European Union and IMF paymasters is of singular importanc...

Europe's Deflated Economic Psyche - Philip Broughton, The Spectator

Deflation terrifies economists because once it starts, they have no idea what to do about it. When demand in an economy shrinks, companies cut jobs, and with fewer employed demand ...

Putin Is Merkel's Biggest Security Challenge - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie

While other leaders of the G20 group of leading economies were finessing the final communiqué of their summit, Merkel went on to spend four hours in the hotel with Russian P...

Germany Worried About Russia's Sway in the Balkans - Spiegel

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase ...

Merkel Is Playing Long Ball with Putin - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

I would like Putin's regime to fall and be replaced with a liberal, pro-European government that would put Russia on a convergence path with the European Union. I don't condone...

Time for Germans to Earn the Gift of 1989 - C. Stelzenmuller, Brookings

So for me, and probably for most of my West German generation, the reunification of Germany and of Europe, for which so many had risked so much, was a miraculous gift. A gift which...

What the Fall of the Wall Did Not Change - George Friedman, Stratfor

Marxism destroyed itself because it took power, and putting Marxism on display in power ultimately cost it its credibility. Had it never been in power, more than the tiny handful w...

Poland Needs More Berlin in Foreign Policy - J. Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Despite the frustrations of Poland's top diplomats over Ukraine's squandered revolutions, Warsaw has steadfastly believed in and supported a Ukraine anchored to the West. Indeed, R...

Falling Back in Love with an East German Car - Paul Hockenos, NYT

The two-door, 2-cylinder Trabant was — and almost certainly remains — the most familiar commodity to come out of the former East Germany. The flyweight car with plastic...

Germany Has Great Power but Little Purpose - Josef Janning, ECFR

Leaders such as François Mitterand, Margaret Thatcher, and Giulio Andreotti anticipated that German unification would lead to German power, and so viewed the prospect with s...

East Germany's Trade in Human Beings - Gavin Haines, BBC

"Between 1964 and 1989 some 33,755 political prisoners and 250,000 of their relatives were sold to West Germany, for a sum totalling 3.5bn Deutschmarks," says historian and author,...

The Calm Before a Storm of EU Reform - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

Perhaps never in the history of the European Union has there been a greater mismatch between the need for reform and the political capital available to enact that reform. So what w...

A Crazy Idea to Help Italy - Jim O'Neill, Bloomberg View

As I travelled around Italy on this latest trip, I imagined a different kind of Germanic rigidity. How about a zero-tolerance approach to inflation that falls below target? Perhaps...

The Rapid Rise of Germany's Far Right - Paul Hockenos, Foreign Affairs

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) burst onto Germany’s political stage this year by winning ten percent of the vote or slightly more in three regional elections in eastern Ge...

Angst Is in Germany's Genes - Harald Czycholl, Ozy

The Germans are driven by a feeling of permanent threat. To counteract this, they invented the welfare state, accept things like a reform backlog and spend billions on insurance po...

25 Years After the Wall Fell, Separatism Marches on - D. Edgar, Guardian

The rise of a racist far right across Europe is a clear and present danger to both halves of the continent....

Europe's Perennial State of Fragmentation - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent's tradi...

Merkel to Cameron: Stop It, or Get Out of EU - Huffington Post

At a recent summit in Brussels, Merkel is said to have made it abundantly clear Germany would not accept any tinkering or redrawing of freedom of movement principles, bluntly telli...

Approaching Brexit? - Blome, Scheuermann & Schmitz, Spiegel

David Cameron is furious about the EU Commission's demand that the UK make a back payment of €2.1 billion. But it is the British prime minister's stance on immigration that ha...

Germany Is Still Deeply Divided - Rick Noack, Washington Post

Next week, Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and at first glance, it seems as if the country is more united than some nations that were nev...

Taxation Needs to Go Global - Wolfgang Schauble, Project Syndicate

Most of the tax-allocation principles that apply today date back to a time when doing business internationally primarily meant transporting goods across a border to a neighboring c...

The Germany Europe Needs - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

German leadership has become the Holy Grail of European politics....

Berlin's Comfort Food Makes a Comeback - C. Nauhaus & M. Elfering, Ozy

What would life be without Butterbrot? Sandwiches — literally, buttered bread. To borrow a phrase from Loriot, the German humorist, referring to life to without pugs: possibl...

This German Village Scrapped Russian Gas for Manure - AFP

If Germany has taken a pioneering though risky role in shifting to renewable energy, then the tiny village of Feldheim - population 150 - is at its vanguard....

Germany Losing Steam - Knaup and Reiermann, Der Spiegel

It doesn't take much these days to rile German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Last Thursday, as he made his way to the stage at George Washington University in the US capital...

Wake Up, Europe, There Is a War Afoot - George Soros, NY Review of Books

Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it....

The Similarities Between Germany and China - George Friedman, Stratfor

The problem with an export-based economy is that the exporter is the hostage of its customers. Germany's and China's well-being depend not only on how they manage their economies, ...

4 Reasons Europe's Foreign Policy Still Sleeps - Jan Techau, Carnegie

Despite a range of challenges and threats, EU member states show little sign of developing a robust, unified foreign policy anytime soon. Four major weaknesses are to blame....

China's European Year - Wang Yiwei, China Daily

The two 'silk roads' proposed by China will revitalize Eurasia as well as help build a more inclusive and open global market....

Reviving Europe's Economy - Irish Times

Europe’s leaders need to do more to get growth moving and a central player here has to be Germany....

Europe Acknowledges Austerity's Failure - Patrick Smith, The Fiscal Times

Standing again on the cliff overlooking Recession Valley now prompts a fundamental realignment among the European powers....

Russian-Style Business Is Now the Norm - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

Western sanctions have had a significant impact on economic ties between Russia and the European Union, and a closer look at the relationship between the state and business in the ...

Is German Economics Working? - Knaup & Reiermann, Der Spiegel

The latest indicators suggest Germany's once buzzing economy is beginning to stall. The development has created a serious dilemma for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Criti...

Should German Police Ban Kurdish Marches? - The Local

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...

The Coming Beijing-Moscow-Berlin Alliance - Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch

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 ...

East Germany's Influence on Modern Politics - Spiegel

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...

A Tip to Pirates: Beware Other Pirates - Robert Beckhusen, RCD

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...

The European Central Bank on the Defensive - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

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...

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...

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Opinion: Stop Talking about NATO Me

The president of Ukraine is talking up the idea of a national referendum to join NATO, an idea that ...

War on Whistleblowers: Berlin Gets

The German government has had enough of reading about state secrets in the media. SPIEGEL has learne...

The Greek Patient: Europe Debates T

Greece wants to shed the shackles of the troika, but it still hasn't fulfilled the requirements to d...

Speed Science: The Global Hunt for

Medical researchers are frantically testing new drugs and vaccines in the hope of slowing down the E...

The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans A

Hundreds of young German Islamists have traveled to Syria to fight with the terrorist group Islamic ...