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Swedish border checks on the Oresund Bridge are a powerful symbol of how much has changed in a year. The measures are the first of their kind seen among Nordic countries in 60 year...(full article)

The fact that our society and its institutions aren't in any position to protect those affected by the violence and identify its culprits doesn't in any way mean that there's never...(full article)

A large number of Europe’s swift and sudden torrent of newcomers are young, single men, jobless and unmoored. The idea that they can be integrated quickly or easily is just a fan...(full article)

Why can't we always take sexual assault as seriously as we do when migrants and Muslims are involved as perpetrators?...(full article)

In June 1987, David Bowie returned to the divided city of Berlin for a concert that some Germans, rightly or wrongly, still view as having helped change history....(full article)

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Pitfalls, Prejudice, and the Cologne Sexual Assaults - Sascha Lobo, Spiegel

The events in Cologne were perpetrated by a sexist criminal mob -- and have triggered the rise of racist digital mob in response. The incident has shown that much of the public doe...

Germany on the Brink - Ross Douthat, New York Times

In the German case the important number here isn’t the country’s total population, currently 82 million. It’s the twentysomething population, which was less than ...

Germany's Post-Cologne Hysteria - Anna Sauerbrey, New York Times

This isn’t the first wave of migrants to postwar Germany, and it’s not the first time that the left and the right have played their respective roles of under- and overe...

What Really Happened in Cologne - Rossalyn Warren, BuzzFeed

The attacks have left Cologne reeling, raising two deeply disturbing questions. The first is a perennial: Why did the police not do more to protect women? The other is new and goes...

German Police Are Too Soft - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Both the disrespect and the sense of being overmatched are new to the German police. For years, their "live and let live" attitude worked at the rowdiest festivals. People were gra...

Germany Just Changed - Der Spiegel

Their behavior, and the subsequent discussion of their behavior in the halls of political power in Berlin, in the media and on the Internet, could easily trigger a radical shift in...

We Can't Stay Silent on Germany's Mass Sex Assaults - M. Nawaz, DB

It took several days for the news of hundreds of sexual assaults in Cologne to make headlines. As progressives dither over what to say, the far right has already seized the opportu...

Can Germany Face the Hard Truth About Refugees? - Malte Lehming, TNI

The nation and its politics are being violently divided by the influx....

Germany's 'Russians' Fear New Arrivals - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The "Russians" have done well as a dominant immigrant group. Although many fled abject poverty, they now have nice jobs in business, government and academia. They have much to lose...

Merkel's Right-Wing Temptation - Nikolaus Blome, Politico EU

BERLIN — Since World War II it was taken for granted that Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats and their Bavarian partners, the Christian Social Union, would not ...

An Unseemly Energy Deal Between Germany, Russia - Jim Hoagland, WP

Germany’s citizens and leaders have earned the world’s respect over the decades since World War II by repeatedly taking the moral and political high ground. From Willy ...

Israel's Nazi Art Hunters - Debra Kamin, Foreign Policy

In the aftermath of World War II, art looted from Jews spread across the globe -- including to the world’s only Jewish state. Now, there’s an effort underway to return ...

Angela Merkel's Year of Living Dangerously - M. Karnitschnig, Politico EU

At a time when Europe faces multiple threats to its political and economic cohesion, not to mention its security, it has been Merkel’s (often last-minute) interventions that ...

The New Face of Racism in Germany - Anna Sauerbrey, New York Times

Berlin — GERMANY is not lacking in right-wing sentiment these days, but most people are careful about how they deploy their anti-immigrant rhetoric. And then there’s Bj...

Fear, Anger, and Hatred in the New German Right - Der Spiegel

For years, a sense of disillusionment has been growing on the right. Now, the refugee crisis has magnified that frustration. Increasingly, people from the very center of society ar...

Germany, the New Can-Do Nation - Roger Cohen, New York Times

There’s a new can-do nation. It’s called Germany. The United States, fear-ridden, has passed the torch....

Why Europe's Multiculturalism Fails - G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

The Europeans pretended that multiculturalism was a form of tolerance. It may have been intended that way. What it was in practice was a ghetto without walls. Behind the willingnes...

Merkel Cannot Afford to Lose Britain - Thomas Kielinger, Telegraph

For Angela Merkel to lose the British on her watch would be a disaster for a country which has so long regarded it as an indispensable part of Europe...

ISIS Angles to Attack Germany - Gude & Wiedmann-Schmidt, Spiegel

Islamist extremist Harry S. wasn't in Syria for long. But during his stay there, he claims, Islamic State leaders repeatedly tried to recruit him to commit terror attacks in German...

Merkel Aced Her Most Important Speech - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

It should have been her Nobel lecture, but in practical terms, about 1,000 members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) were probably a better audience for German Ch...

Merkel's Policies Could Destroy the EU - Chris Carter, The Commentator

In one regard they are correct: Merkel’s impulsive decision to invite the 20+ million population of Syria to Europe will prove to be one of the most momentous decisions of th...

Is This Germany's Next Chancellor? - Economist

To keep rising, Mrs von der Leyen must avoid mistakes. Hence she can seem over-rehearsed in conversation. But she also needs a vision for German leadership. She compares the Europe...

Merkel to Allow Fewer Refugees into Germany - Buchanan, Independent

Angela Merkel has said she wants to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany amid criticism from her party over her management of the crisis....

Germany's Defiant Decency - Michael Gerson, Washington Post

In a place synonymous with death, life has taken an unexpected turn. The radiating crisis of the Middle East has reached Bavaria in the form of refugees, welcomed to Germany by Cha...

Angela Merkel, Global Chancellor - Karl Vick, Time

Fairy tales are where you find them, but any number seem to begin in the dark German woods where Angela Merkel spent her childhood....

Are German Boots on Syrian Soil Inevitable? - Repinski & Schult, Spiegel

In Berlin, the government is seeking to assuage its critics while at the same time playing down the dangers -- the greatest being that Germany could ultimately be pulled into a gro...

Germans Begin to Fear - Sumi Somaskanda, Foreign Policy

At home, fear and uncertainty are now on the rise. A poll conducted a few days after the Paris attacks revealed that some 60 percent are worried Germany will be attacked. And a sur...

Germany Rolls the Dice Against ISIS - Ian Klinke, The Conversation

Germany’s parliament has voted to join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria. Ahead of the decision, foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier argued that his c...

Europe's Barbarians Inside the Gate - Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

Europe is not doomed to collapse. The crises that it now confronts could lead to greater solidarity, more risk sharing, and further institutional integration. Germany could absorb ...

Germany Sinks Slowly Into Political Crisis - E.J. Dionne, Washington Post

Betting against Merkel rarely pays off. But the migration controversy could leave long-term scars on German politics. One government official noted that while U.S. politics was pol...

Europe the Unready - Paul Krugman, New York Times

Ideally, Europe would respond to these setbacks by strengthening its union, creating more of the institutions it needs to manage interdependence. But the political will for that ki...

German Foreign Policy After Paris - Almut Moller, ECFR

Whatever the outcome, this is a highly formative time for the identity of Germany as a country, and of its European, foreign and security policy....

The EU Is a Gigantic Sham - Janet Daley, Daily Telegraph

The ideas behind the European project look even more hollow in the wake of the devastating terrorist attack in Paris....

German Response to Refugees Puts U.S. to Shame - Leonid Bershidsky, BV

The political controversy over the proposed resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. next year imperils the superpower's claim to global moral leadership. Unlike their co...

France Is at War...With Germany - James Poulos, Foreign Policy

Nobody has ever described former French President Nicolas Sarkozy as a graceful loser. “I’m not saying, ‘After me, chaos,’” he told Le Figaro, referri...

Why Germans Loved Helmut Schmidt - Jochen Bittner, New York Times

Long after smoking in public began to be considered a nuisance, he continued to puff away, whether sitting in a theater or under the lights of a talk show. German department stores...

'You Need Passion. And Cigarettes.' - H. Palmer & G. Sporl, Spiegel

A Helmut Schmidt only comes around once in a century. When he was born on Dec. 23, 1918, the German Empire had just ceased to exist. When he was a young man, Hitler's Germany was s...

The Unfortunate Revival of the 'German Question' - N. Blome, Politico EU

We are not far from the point of no return when Germany will withdraw to the same pitiful level of strategic involvement as the U.K....

The Man Who Saved German Democracy - Josef Joffe, Wall Street Journal

This tale holds two morals. One: Real statesmen aren’t deflected by the jejune concerns of normal mortals. They know how to get their way and to stick to their guns—or ...

Is Germany, Europe's Rock, Starting to Crumble? - Francis, Foreign Policy

When Greece teetered on the edge of bankruptcy last summer, Germany provided the stern leadership that kept Athens in the eurozone only after it gave into strong austerity demands....

How Mighty France Has Fallen - Economist

Ever since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, France has tied itself to Germany on a simple understanding: that whatever divergences of interests or policy the pair had, th...

VW Scandal Exposes Berlin - Gude, Hawranek, Traufetter & Wust, Spiegel

In Germany, by contrast, a stamp of approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority for a new model is the end of the story. Carmakers don't have to worry about additional test...

Europe's Last Straw? - Harold James, Project Syndicate

The European Union is facing a truly terrifying array of crises. After prolonged euro and sovereign-debt crises polarized and radicalized the continent, creating a deep north-south...

Merkel After the Selfies - Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

Still, even in this instance she may have been something of an accidental humanitarian, having failed to grasp how her soothing words — and those selfies — would be ins...

The British-German Misunderstanding - Almut Moller, ECFR

There has been a battle between EU countries about the notion of “EU reform” for quite a while now. For a country within the euro zone such as Germany, the main issues ...

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Refugee Trail Fame: A Trip, a Fall

One kick was all it took to make Osama Mohsen, a professional soccer coach from Syria, into one of t...

Mini-Republics: A Syrian Village Se

Even as war continues to rage in Syria, normal people in the country are doing their best to survive...

An Attack on Democracy?: Worries ov

From the courts to the media, Poland's new government has passed a number of new reforms that have t...

Chaos and Violence: How New Year's

New Year's Eve in Cologne rapidly descended into a chaotic free-for-all involving sexual assault and...

An Interview with Cologne's Mayor:

In an interview, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, 59, discusses the sexual attacks that rocked Germany...