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What Germany Owes the Jews

David Horovitz, Times of Israel

Imagine a postwar Germany that had never managed to become friends with its neighboring countries. Imagine a Germany that, despite all the remorse it had shown for its belligerence...(full article)

The powers that be within the European Union — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Draghi — would be wise to grant Mr. Valls and Mr. Renzi the fiscal wiggle room they need....(full article)

Next year will mark the jubilee of a crumbling ‘special relationship’ with Israel. Here’s how Berlin, rather than being politely and ill-informedly critical, coul...(full article)

The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vla...(full article)

Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important questions about the very nature of German id...(full article)

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Will the EU Take on Putin? - Bloomberg View

If the Europeans think that Plan A gives them wiggle room on imposing painful sanctions, they are deluding themselves. It was important that the U.S. administration respond to the ...

How the Italian Mafia Is Infiltrating Germany - Jorg Diehl, Der Spiegel

A trial currently underway in Cologne showcases the extent of the Italian Mob's infiltration of German society and the construction business. Critics claim authorities have been fa...

The Dangers of German Haplessness - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

Like most extraordinary circumstances, the Ukraine crisis is a big clarifier. Just as on an X-ray, the still-unfolding developments in Europe's Eastern backyard have made visible s...

Merkel, a Map and a Message to China - Rachel Lu, Tea Leaf Nation

On March 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at a dinner where they exchanged gifts. Merkel presented to Xi a 1735 map of China m...

Is Germany Full of Russian Apologists? - Ralf Neukirch, Der Spiegel

Should the West chart a course of confrontation with Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea? Many prominent Germans aren't so sure. Sympathy for Russia is alive and well in...

How to Turn Russia into Hitler's Germany - Jacques Attali, CSM

Europe should be working to integrate, not isolate, Russia. Punitive isolation is what the Treaty of Versailles did to post-World War I Germany, leading to Hitler’s rise and ...

German Diplomacy: Reckless or Clever? - Leon Hadar, National Interest

While the “new” Germany has clearly emerged as the economic engine of the European Union, it has yet to proclaim a coherent post–Cold War foreign-policy doctrine. Instead, Be...

Poland Wins, in a Way, in Ukraine Crisis - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

For Poland, Hungary, and Latvia and the other Soviet punching bags there’s only Russia. If NATO won’t defend them– if its bluff was just a bluff – well the...

Let Europe Lead in Ukraine - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

As Russia’s annexation of Crimea proceeds, the United States must step back; the European Union must step forward; and the international community must ensure both that Russi...

Merkel and Putin? It's Complicated - Thibaut Madelin, Les Echos

At a time when the German government is pondering its global responsibility, how will it handle the Ukrainian crisis? First of all, "in close coordination with its partners," as Me...

Russia's Challenge to German Europe - Ulrich Speck, RealClearWorld

Europeans built a system based on international law, economic cooperation, integration and shared sovereignty. Germany has been a driving force and proponent of this "postmodern" E...

Why Europe Needs More Believers - Gilles Finchelstein, Irish Times

Europe’s big problem is its tendency to repeat at will the idea that the problem is Ireland, or Germany, or France, or someone else. The endless search for scapegoats is a si...

Ukraine Puts a Strain on Transatlantic Ties - Antonia Colibasanu, RCW

The relationship between Europe and the United States shaped much of the 20th century. American intervention was decisive in the first and second World Wars, and the Cold War remod...

Germany Aims an Economic Hook at Putin's Jaw - Der Spiegel

In Berlin, all officials can do is guess at just how far Putin might be willing to go. Under the more optimistic assessment, the Russian president might offer a diplomatic olive br...

You Should Work Like a German - Glenn Hutchins, New York Times

There is a consensus to be won here: Liberals should get behind reforms that incentivize work, and conservatives should back the required government spending. After all, the welfar...

Deutschland on the Pacific? - Eric Smith, New Geography

California and Germany may not immediately come to mind as a doppelganger, but they do share several characteristics, particularly when it comes to their attitudes toward energy pr...

To Stop Russia, Convene the 'Quad + 1' - Burt & Feinstein, Nat'l Interest

It now seems almost certain that this weekend’s referendum by the Crimean parliament on joining the Russian Federation will pass. There is also a real threat that Russian pre...

Germany's Crystal Meth Pandemic - Anna Kistner, Der Spiegel

In recent years, crystal meth use seems to have exploded in Germany, particularly along the Czech border. As researchers are discovering, the population of users is much more diver...

Germany's Leadership Is Solidified - Arthur Cyr, China Post

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a positive relationship with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and the Ukraine crisis makes that more important. Merkel, who speaks Russia...

Grim Reality of Germany's Legalized Prostitution - Nisha Diu, Telegraph

When Germany legalised prostitution in 2002 it triggered an apparently unstoppable growth in the country’s sex industry. It’s now worth 15 billion euros a year and embraces eve...

All Eyes on Merkel - Philipp Wittrock & Gregor Peter Schmitz, Der Spiegel

As the conflict with Russia over Crimea intensifies, Germany is playing a central role in communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the international community has ...

How to Counter Putin's Designs on East Europe - A. Wess Mitchell, RCW

The invasions in Crimea and Georgia represent a pattern of Russian strategic behavior in which a rapid, limited military thrust is followed by a cessation of hostilities to await m...

Eurosceptics Can Work with Angela Merkel - Matthew d'Ancona, Telegraph

Multi-dimensional diplomacy of this sort is not glamorous. It often fails. But not always. What is certain, even now, is that those who have already decided that they want Britain ...

Cameron Can't Match Farage's Simple Message on Europe - The Telegraph

There must be times when David Cameron envies Nigel Farage. The simplicity of the Ukip leader’s message obviates any need for subtlety or nuance. His position is easy to arti...

Euro Migration Politics: Beyond the Blame Game - The Guardian

Pulling up the drawbridge in the face of global economic change and the digital era is simply not possible....

Will Britain and Germany Get a Divorce? - Clive Crook, Bloomberg View

In the friendliest possible way, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear this week that she and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron have essentially incompatible views about th...

Why Is Britain Running Away from Europe? - Will Straw, Der Spiegel

Great Britain used to play a key role in leading Europe, and the benefits have been substantial. But now, the UK is turning its back on the EU and has chosen to focus on peripheral...

Merkel Has Britain's Future in Her Hands - Martin Kettle, The Guardian

If she picks her moment, the German chancellor could make a huge and positive difference to the British debate about Europe....

How David Cameron Could Reshape Europe - Fraser Nelson, Spectator

If David Cameron were to divide Europe up, he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain, Greece, France — examples, by and larg...

Merkel Comes to Little England - Financial Times

Britain’s eurosceptic obsession means it is losing clout....

Germany's Virtue, Britain's Vice - Hamish McRae, The Independent

Germany exemplifies economic virtue and we exemplify economic vice....

Germany Escaping Its Past by Lecturing Israel - Eldad Beck, Ynet News

Has Germany done enough to justify Israeli trust or has it focused its efforts on making people forget the past by diverting the attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?...

Why Israelis Are Content to Live in a Bubble - Jonathan Cook, The National

Inside Israel, the government is seeking to silence the few critical voices left. The intimidation was starkly on display last week as the supreme court considered the constitution...

This State Is Now Britain's Key Ally - James Forsyth, Spectator

Forget the special relationship. The German Chancellor is the indispensable ally...

N. Korea Isn't Nazi Germany -- in Ways, It's Worse - Peter Weber, The Week

For one thing, most of North Korea's roughly 25 million inhabitants are chronically hungry, malnourished, or straight-out starving. The citizens of wartime Germany faced hardships ...

Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion, Mistrust - Charles Hawley, Der Spiegel

It is a disastrous start for Angela Merkel's new government: After details of a child pornography investigation were leaked, a cabinet member was forced to resign. Now, the chancel...

Learning the Real Lessons of World War I - Victor Davis Hanson, NRO

China, like the Westernized Japan of the 1930s, wants influence and power commensurate with its economic clout, and perhaps believes its growing military can obtain both at the exp...

From Karlsruhe to Luxembourg: Judging Mario Draghi - Josef Joffe, WSJ

Leaders in Germany and beyond are secretly delighted with the European Central Bank chief....

Germany's Enviable Shock Absorber - Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune

As the usual suspects in Congress argue over whether to extend unemployment benefits, which ran out at the end of last year for more than a million jobless workers, I am feeling Ge...

Germany's Energy Goals Backfire - Vaclav Smil, The American

Germany’s radical initiative to subsidize renewable electricity generation has resulted in higher carbon dioxide emissions and the most expensive electricity in Europe, with th...

U.S.-German Relations at a Postwar Low - Roger Cohen, New York Times

This is as bad a moment as there has been in German-American relations in the postwar years. The poison of the United States surveillance scandal, absent an apology from Washington...

Can Germany Grow Up? - Jochen Bittner, New York Times

Without unfettered leadership from Germany, European-level military operations will be hobbled. The multinational European Union battle groups, for instance, have never been used s...

The Threat of Another Euro Crisis - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

The intellectual groundwork has been laid for a “stab-in-the-back” theory that will explain Germany’s problems by reference to the illegal and improvident acts of the Europea...

Europeans Are Telling the EU to F*** Off, Too - Alex Berezow, RCW

Now, the EU is upset. Or, at least Angela Merkel, the de facto empress of the EU, is pretending to be. However, what you won't hear in all of the press coverage is that "f*** the E...

A More Useful Germany - New York Times

Addressing the opening session late last month of the Munich Security Conference, a yearly gathering of top Western diplomats and defense officials, President Joachim Gauck of Germ...

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