Germany

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

The Calm Before a Storm of EU Reform

Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

A Crazy Idea to Help Italy

Jim O'Neill, Bloomberg View

The Rapid Rise of Germany's Far Right

Paul Hockenos, Foreign Affairs

Angst Is in Germany's Genes

Harald Czycholl, Ozy

"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,...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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...

Germany's Jihadists On Trial - Spiegel Online

Hundreds of radical Islamists from Germany have headed to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Many have since returned home....

How the NSA Breached German Firms - Spiegel

It would seem highly likely that the NSA or one of its partners violated German law, potentially creating another NSA-related case for German public prosecutors....

A Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy - Maximilian Popp, Spiegel

The EU is sealing itself off, fearing that if it fails to do so, even more people will come, particularly from poorer countries. But it is also true that the transformation of the ...

Saving a Crucial Alliance - J. Janes, P. Nicholson, National Interest

Public denunciations and empty promises of retaliation undermine the vital intelligence coordination to counter real threats to both our countries. We may eventually strike a bette...

The Growing Isolation of Angela Merkel - Der Spiegel

The Chancellery in Berlin has demanded that EU countries in crisis undertake far-reaching structural reforms coupled with biting austerity programs. Paris, meanwhile, has been the ...

How Engels' Predictions for WWI Came True - Andrei Kokoshin, TNI

Virtually all of Europe’s statesmen and military leaders failed to anticipate the nature, duration and effects of World War I in the run-up to that great calamity. They also ...

Europe Has Been Scrimping on NATO - Gary Schmitt, NY Times

The reduction in military spending is a common theme across Europe. Five years ago, according to NATO figures, France’s military budget amounted to 2.4 percent of its G.D.P.; th...

Who's the Bigger Turkey Now? - New York Post

Chancellor Merkel insisted that “spying between friends — that’s just not done.” But now the spying device seems to be on the other foot…er, ear....

The Great Myth: World War I Was No Accident - Zachary Keck, Diplomat

World War I wasn’t an inadvertent war but the result of deliberate German state policy....

Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished - Klaus Wiegrefe, Der Spiegel

In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. In...

Can Germany Save Ukraine? - Dmitri Trenin, The National Interest

Putin and Poroshenko's recent meeting in Minsk opened the door for dialogue. Can Merkel keep it open?...

France & Friends Letting Germany Conquer Europe - Milton Ezrati, TNI

Without fundamental fiscal reform, the economies of the European periphery will be weak and increasingly subject to Teutonic domination....

Merkel Takes Charge of Pacifying Ukraine - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

As keeps happening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself in a leading role on the global stage -- this time in resolving the Ukraine crisis. Of all the world leaders, sh...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

How Germany Spies on Its Friends - Der Spiegel

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that ...

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The Lost Children: France Takes Sto

More than 1,000 young people from France have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, more than...

The Chaos Republics: Stagnation and

There was a time when it looked as though eastern Ukraine might become part of Russia. Now, though, ...

The Red Canal: Uncertainties Surrou

Nicaragua is soon to begin construction on a new canal connecting the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific...

Haitian President Martelly: 'I'm Tr

Nearly five years after its earthquake, Haiti is still rebuilding. In an interview, Haitian Presiden...

Germany's New Right: The Unholy All

The riots in Cologne at the end of October show there is a new danger on Germany's extremist right. ...