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On his first trip to Germany this Sunday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join Chancellor Angela Merkel to inaugurate the world’s largest industrial fair, Hanover Me...(full article)

A German politician has told a television channel how neo-Nazis threatened to behead him if asylum seekers were allowed to move into a town in the east of the country....(full article)

BERLIN - When the German, French, and Italian ministers of finance announced on March 17 that their three countries would accept a Chinese invitation to become founding members of ...(full article)

In the course of the Ukraine conflict that erupted in 2014, Germany has for the first time taken the lead on a major international crisis. The main center of Western action and coo...(full article)

BERLIN - Greece vs. Germany: What a drama! Any Hollywood screenwriter would delight at the brutality of this particular marriage. One launching accusations of fraud and theft, the ...(full article)

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Dancing Across History's Horrors - Salman Rushdie, New Yorker

In 1982, when I was in Hamburg for the publication of the German translation of “Midnight’s Children,” I was asked by my publishers if I would like to meet Gü...

Putin's Come-Hither Smile to Greece - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

It is not hard to understand why the Greek prime minister’s office might have chosen the eve of Alexis Tsipras’s meetings in Berlin to remind Europe of his standing inv...

The Return of the Nazi Comparisons - Der Spiegel

Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons wit...

Giving Germany the Middle Finger - Noah Gordon, The Atlantic

A video of the Greek finance minister flipping off Germany has started a controversy, which says a lot about the country's relationship to its creditors....

Germany Reviews Its Foreign Policy - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

The German foreign minister has launched a valuable review of his country's foreign policy. The project should lead to a new culture of strategic thinking in Germany....

German Couple Cuts Greek Town Check for "Reparations" - AFP

A German couple visiting Greece walked into a town hall and handed over €875 (£630) in what they said were second world war reparations....

Europe's Great Greek Chasm - Nikos Konstandaras, New York Times

When voters elected Syriza on Jan. 25, they were expressing hope for the impossible mission that it promised: loosening austerity and slashing the country’s debt while maintainin...

Why Is Germany Hellbent on Austerity? - Paul Hockenos, The Nation

Berlin—Weimar-era hyperinflation, Prussian thrift, the staggering cost of German unification: These explanations, among others, are regularly trotted out (by outsiders) to explai...

PODCAST: Russia, Germany, and the new Geoeconomics - S. Szabo, GMF

Stephen F. Szabo, executive director of the Transatlantic Academy, provides background on his recently published book, Germany, Russia, and the Rise of Geo-Economics....

Save Our Transatlantic Order - Frank-Walter Steinmeier, New York Times

BERLIN — Thirty years ago on Wednesday, Mikhail S. Gorbachev became secretary general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It was the start of a rocky tenure at the he...

Merkel Sharpens Germany's EU Leadership - Olaf Boehnke, ECFR

Looking at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s flight schedule for the week beginning 5 February, you might mistake it for that of the European Union’s High Representative. In o...

5 Women Fighting Europe's Toughest Battles - Paul Ames, Global Post

Since Britain's Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected to run a European Union country in 1979, 17 of the 28 EU countries have had female presidents or prime ministers....

German-American Unity Is Key to Beating Putin - Stephen Szabo, US News

One of the most important stories in the ongoing confrontation between the West and Russia has been that of Western unity. Despite a wide array of different histories, interests an...

Europe Buries Its Head and Its Militaries in the Sand - Ian Birrell, WSJ

Germany has been asserting its leadership in recent weeks by seeking to resolve the two major crises confronting the continent, with Chancellor Angela Merkel heading cease-fire tal...

When Greeks Explain Themselves to Germans - Spiegel

With tensions between Greece and Berlin having been significant in recent weeks, SPIEGEL decided to invite six prominent Greeks to a roundtable discussion at Katzourbos tavern in A...

Germany's Economic Mannschaft Prevails - Fabio Fiallo, RealClearWorld

The German soccer team, the Mannschaft, four times a World Cup winner, has built its reputation not so much on theatrics, but on two less flamboyant qualities: team spirit (Mannsch...

The DNA of German Foreign Policy - Frank-Walter Steinmeier, PS

BERLIN – The harsh reality of the past year has created unprecedented challenges for Germany and its foreign policy. The crisis in Ukraine spiraled out of control, with Russi...

What Orwell Said About 'Mein Kampf' - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

As my colleague Anthony Faiola reported this week, Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is expected to be reissued in Germany for the first time since the end of World War II. Although wide...

Angela Merkel's Moment of Truth - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

In the last two weeks, the two crises confronting Europe – in Ukraine and Greece – both escalated. In each case, Germany and its chancellor, Angela Merkel, were at the heart of...

Germany Is Giving Greece One Last Chance - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Contrary to all that's been said about Germany's uncompromising stand on helping Greece, Berlin showed today that it's willing to give the far-left government of Alexis Tsipras a c...

There Are Good Reasons to Publish Mein Kampf - Tim Stanley, Telegraph

The decision to republish Mein Kampf in Germany for the first time in 75 years is understandably controversial. The textbook of National Socialism is, to quote Jewish groups, &ldqu...

Time to Kick Germany Out of the Eurozone - P. Chovanec, Foreign Policy

Last year, Germany racked up a record trade surplus of 217 billion euros ($246 billion), second only to China in global export dominance. To some, this made Germany a bright spot i...

Exit America, Europe's Trust Engine? - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

Time moves on, however, and the deep web that once was tightly and firmly woven into the European political fabric is becoming loose and threadbare. America's military presence in ...

Why Isn't Merkel Compromising on Greece? - M. Gilbert, Bloomberg View

It's one minute to midnight for the euro. The standoff between Greece and its creditors, led by Germany, looks increasingly like it could lead to the first nation exiting the commo...

Greece Is no Argentina - Nicolas Creus & Esteban Actis, RealClearWorld

Tsipras and other Syriza members have highlighted Argentina as a viable model for undertaking the difficult task of negotiating with creditors. Argentina at the end of the 20th Cen...

Germany Emerges, Powerful but Insecure - George Friedman, Stratfor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by French President Francois Hollande, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 6. Then she met with U.S. President Barack Oba...

Euro Crisis Won't End until Greece's Debts Are Cleansed - SCMP

We need more money and soon, says Greece. We have no more to give, counters Germany. In a nutshell, that was pretty much the result of a tense meeting between the finance ministers...

Europe's Moment of Truth Approaches - Paul Krugman, New York Times

On Wednesday, the European Central Bank announced that it would no longer accept Greek government debt as collateral for loans. This move, it turns out, was more symbolic than subs...

Don't Sell Out Ukraine - Kyiv Post

The West remains torn about whether to supply Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons. We are in the camp that says Ukraine deserves to defend itself militarily within its own border...

German-Americans: The Silent Minority - The Economist

ON A snow-covered bluff overlooking the Sheboygan river stands the Waelderhaus, a faithful reproduction of an Austrian chalet. It was built by the Kohler family of Wisconsin in the...

The World's Best Sports Fans Live in Dortmund - Matt Negrin, Narratively

A startup soccer team in Dortmund once gave the steelworkers and coalminers of this hardscrabble German city something to live for. A century later, their die-hard descendants are ...

Pegida's Effect on German politics - Derek Scally, Irish Times

The grassroots Islam-critical movement appears to be imploding after a mass walkout of leading figures on Wednesday. But whether it goes under or not is far less interesting than t...

A Clear Threat of Grexit - Economist

The stakes are high. Although everybody, including Mr Tsipras, insists they want Greece to stay in the euro, there is now a clear threat of Grexit. In 2011-12 Mrs Merkel wavered, b...

Germans Struggle to Debate Nationalism - Frank Griffel, Yale Global

Muslims have become easy scapegoat for economic worries in Germany – and elsewhere in Europe....

Greece and the Troika Should Reach a Deal - Andy Langenkamp, RCWorld

Alexis Tsipras wasted no time following his election as Greece's prime minister. His Syriza party quickly formed a coalition with the right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks, wh...

3 Scenarios for Greece and Europe - Edward Harrison, Foreign Policy

The outcome of negotiations between Greece’s new anti-austerity Greek government and the Troika that is administering their bailout program remains unknown. What is known, ho...

Putin's Long Bet on European Weakness - W.R. Mead, American Interest

The West’s inability to comprehend how Vladimir Putin sees the world means it has trouble thinking constructively about how to deal with him....

Auschwitz, 70 Years Later - Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

They had come back, some three hundred of them, but this was not the Planet Auschwitz they remembered. The Auschwitz of their memories was a place where the rules of normal life we...

On to the Fourth Act of a European Tragedy - WR Mead, American Interest

The votes are counted, the results are in, and Syriza has won the Greek elections in a landslide. The left wing Syriza captured 149 seats in the parliament, and as of writing appea...

The New Greece of Alexis Tsipras - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Alexis Tsipras promised voters an end to austerity and a new beginning for Greece. Will he deliver on that pledge?...

Pegida Doesn't Represent Germany's Future - Anna Sauerbrey, NYT

I am a patriot. Being German, those words don’t come easily, particularly for a leftish, skeptical urbanite like myself. And particularly not now, just a few days before we comme...

A Letter from a Muslim to Pegida - Rabah Kherbane, Huffington Post

Dear 25,000 Anti-Islam Dresden Protesters and Pegida, I hear you marched in your thousands against my religion. Last week, and last month. You marched against immigrants, foreigne...

How Gay Rights Were Born in Germany - Alex Ross, New Yorker

The Germans invented gay rights—more than a century ago....

Europe Needs a Merkel Plan Now - Bill Emmott, Project Syndicate

LONDON – Ever since Europe’s economic crisis erupted more than four years ago, politicians and pundits have clamored for a grand solution, often invoking the example of...

Germany's anti-Islam Protests Should be Heard - C. Gohl, The European

The flat condemnation of Pegida is hysterical. Modern democracy means dialogue....

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Günter Grass Obituary: Farewell to

As a writer, he helped define postwar German literature. As a political activist, he helped shape th...

German Asylum: Attacks on Refugee H

The recent arson attack against a refugee hostel in Tröglitz has made headlines around the world. B...

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Mo

On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 7...

Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Do

Last year, Berlin passed a law banning unregistered vacation rentals in the city because of a shorta...

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks D

A Chinese executive with shipping company Cosco has helped transform part of Athen's Port of Piraeus...