Germany

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Europe's Civil War

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

Has Germany Crossed a Line?

Steven Erlanger, New York Times

Germany Should Exit the Euro

Ashoka Mody, Bloomberg View

The EU is now facing its own civil war, though one that, fortunately, is free of physical violence. Without statesmen and stateswomen able to articulate a vision of a shared future...(full article)

We are in an interval during the long Greek tragedy, in a gap between the wailings of the chorus but still far from the end, so this is a good moment to ponder one important point ...(full article)

The ownership of unpublished manuscripts and novels written by Franz Kafka, the Czech-Jewish writer widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest German-language authors, i...(full article)

“I think the Germans have crossed a line,” he said, “and it will be very difficult for them to walk it back.”...(full article)

The latest round of wrangling between Greece and its European creditors has demonstrated yet again that countries with such disparate economies should never have entered a currency...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Berlin's Museums: Boring & Nobody Visits - Ulrike Knofel, Der Spiegel

As far as major cities go, few other places are in possession of so many treasures that are so poorly exhibited as Berlin. It's as though cultural institutions here go out of their...

Merkel Crushes Asylum Dreams of Girl on Live TV - Tim McGrath, GP

Angela Merkel's hard-nosed handling of Greek debt hasled to accusations that she's merciless and unyielding — the euro zone's 'bad cop' who's got the stomach to get unpleasant...

A Nakedly German Europe - Rosemary Righter, Politico EU

“Brutal. …Violent. … A crucifixion.”  In Brussels, the world capital of circumlocution where “difficult” is as bad as it gets, such langu...

An Empire Strikes Back: Germany and the Crisis - G. Friedman, Stratfor

The Greek people had backed Germany into a corner, where its only choice was to risk everything. It was not a good place for Greece to put the Germans. They struck back with vengea...

Germany's Drug Mule Problem - Andreas Ulrich, Der Spiegel

The Airbus aircraft, in red and white livery, is parked at Gate 1 of the Curaçao airport. It's a Tuesday in June and passengers are waiting to board the jet. One young man d...

If This Is a Win for Europe, What Does Defeat Look Like? - N. Irwin, NYT

For years, Greece’s negotiations with its European creditors have featured moments in which all parties stare into the abyss, fear what they see, and step back to reach a dea...

The Banal Idiocy of #ThisIsaCoup - James Kirkup, Telegraph

Likening today's German government to the Nazi regime is offensively stupid....

Europe's Bad Cops - Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico EU

Why are Merkel and Schäuble so harsh with Athens? Look at German domestic politics....

France Takes Greece's Side Against Germany - Clive Crook, Bloomberg

You can't exaggerate the importance of France's decision to align itself with Greece before this weekend's crisis meetings. As Wolfgang Munchau correctly notes in the Financial Tim...

Still Time for Merkel to Find Her Moment - H. Nehring, The Conversation

In the week before the Greek referendum, leading German tabloid BILD conducted its own referendum on what should happen to Greece. The question: “Should we support Greece wit...

The German-U.S. Friendship Has Evaporated - M. Feldenkirchen, Spiegel

Following the latest revelations about surveillance by the United States on the German government and media, it is high time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to take action against the...

The Myth of the Hypocritical Hun - Ronald Granieri, FPRI

West Germany in 1953 was indeed treated differently than Greece in 2011-2015. What the Facebook meme forgets is that West Germany got that debt deal after the destruction of a war ...

No, Germany Is Not a Military Free-Rider - Ulrich Kuhn, War on the Rocks

In the coming years, Germany will invest more than eight billion euros ($8.9 billion) in defense, increasing the number of main battle tanks it operates by roughly 100 to 330 in to...

Piketty: Germany Has Never Repaid Its Debts - Gavin Schalliol, Medium

When I hear the Germans say that they maintain a very moral stance about debt and strongly believe that debts must be repaid, then I think: what a huge joke! Germany is the country...

Angela's Ashes: How Merkel Failed Europe - P. Muller & R. Pfister, Spiegel

Angela Merkel relishes her reputation as queen of Europe. But she hasn't learned how to use her power, instead allowing a bad situation to heat up to the boiling point. Her inabili...

Beyond the Greek Impasse - George Friedman, Stratfor

If the creation of a peaceful European civilization rests on prosperity, as the founding EU document claims, Europe is in trouble....

Germany Faces Billions in Losses - Florian Diekmann, Der Spiegel

Vast amounts of German money are at stake if Greece goes bankrupt -- with liabilities as high as €84 billion. Even though that figure is a large one, it would be paid over yea...

Germany Losing Faith in America - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

To many, America is synonymous with freedom. The country dubbed itself the "land of the free" and, when trying to reclaim sliced and fried potatoes from the French, briefly attempt...

Germany Warmly Welcomes Queen - Justin Huggler, Daily Telegraph

Germany’s press greeted the start of a state visit by the Queen enthusiastically on Wednesday. “Now We’re Queensland,” Bild, the country’s biggest-selling newspaper decla...

Germany Bans Symbols of Hate. Why Not U.S.? - Joshua Keating, Slate

“I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle,” Adolf Hitler wrot...

Germany Behind in the Pot Revolution - Hoflinger & Evers, Der Spiegel

Ms. Zeng speaks quietly, almost in a whisper, with a strong Chinese accent. How long have you been having trouble sleeping, she asks her customer. Maybe a few weeks, he replies. Ms...

Once Again, U.S. Will Have to Carry Europe - J. Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Overall, the depressing aspect of the Pew poll is how, once again, the Europeans take the United States as their security guarantor for granted. Why successive U.S. administrations...

German Leadership, Divided over Greece - Muller et al, Spiegel

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble appears to have given up hope of a satisfactory outcome to the Greek crisis. Unlike the chancellor, he is willing to cut the rope on Athens....

Have Greece and Germany Burned the Last Bridge? - Economist

Some European officials wonder why middle-class Greeks have not yet started banging pots and pans outside parliament, as middle-class voters in Argentina have done to protest their...

The Limits of German Guilt - Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project Syndicate

As Israel’s policies have become increasingly indefensible, the Germans’ will to shape national policy independent of Holocaust guilt has grown even stronger....

U.S. & Germany Must Rebuild Trust - Donfried & Ischinger, Der Spiegel

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned T...

Germany's Destiny: The Well-Meaning Hegemon - AJ Motyl, WA Journal

Nothing could be more unlike the Russo-Ukrainian war in the Donbas than Munich’s remarkably well-ordered condition. The desperate desire of Germans to look away from the deat...

In Germany, Anti-Americanism Goes on Display - Alex Berezow, RCW

I will never forget my first trip to Germany. My father-in-law was at the wheel as we drove across the Polish border into the German state of Brandenburg. The countryside highway ...

France, Germany Seek Closer Euro Ties - Traynor & Perraudin, Guardian

Proposals to be presented at EU summit in June will come as a blow to David Cameron who will table British pre-referendum demands at same meeting....

In Germany, Refugees Are a Solution, not a Problem - D. Saunders, G&M

What about all those tens of thousands of Syrians, Eritreans and Iraqis who don’t end up bobbing lifeless in the Mediterranean or steered at gunpoint back to the southern shore? ...

America's Frenemy, and Other Parties to Iran Talks - A. Tabatabai, BAS

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers are entering their final stage. For months, the two sides have met in various cities to come up with an agreement under w...

Germany's Struggle for the Souls of Young Muslims - O. Gezer, Spiegel

German Islamists are returning from war abroad, some reformed but others more dangerous than ever. Social workers, imams and extremists are fighting for their souls -- and for Germ...

Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists - Der Spiegel

When Emrah was furious at Germany, he used the name Schmitz and called the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). He said that al-Qaida was planning to attack the Reichstag, the Ger...

Europe Needs Its Own NSA - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

As another spy scandal involving the U.S. National Security Agency bristles over Europe, one wonders why everybody keeps rubbing up to the snoops at Fort Meade, Maryland. The truth...

Today's Germany Proves Enemies Can Reconcile - Dow Marmur, Tor. Star

If Jews and Germans can live together after all that has happened, then Palestinians and Israelis should be able to make peace....

Germany's Big Old Demographic Problem - Tobias Kaiser, Die Welt

BERLIN — If Germany does not take serious action, such as raising the retirement age, its current demographic course would devastate the country. That is the message from Federal...

Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance on Israel - Der Spiegel

Relations between Germany and Israel are at a crossroads. Is it possible for the German government to continue to steadfastly support the country even as Jerusalem continues to ref...

Green Energy Fail: Germany Brings Back Coal - M. McDonald, Oilprice

Germany’s influence in Europe is unquestionable, but it appears that some of its neighbors may be adversely affected by recent German decisions; and Greece is not the neighbo...

Germany, the Green Superpower - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

BERLIN — A week at the American Academy in Berlin leaves me with two contradictory feelings: one is that Germany today deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, and the other is that Ger...

Why Old Nazis Are Still Useful - Anna Sauerbrey, New York Times

BERLIN — THE trial of Oskar Gröning, the 93-year-old “accountant of Auschwitz,” began last week in the German city of Lüneburg. Mr. Gröning is char...

Germany's Sympathy for Russians - Markus Ziener, German Marshall Fund

BERLIN - The deployment of Pershing II missiles in the early 1980s by NATO to counter Soviet SS-20s led to widespread fears in Germany that the Cold War would escalate. Hundreds of...

The Kentish Seclusion of a Major German Writer - John Goudie, BBC

Gunter Grass called him the most significant of all East German writers. So why did Uwe Johnson choose to live in the unlikely setting of Sheerness, Kent, asks John Goudie....

German Priorities and Eurozone Myths - Wolfgang Schauble, NY Times

The fact that the immediate sting of the global financial crisis has faded in much of the world has probably contributed to this complacency. Unfortunately, however, the world econ...

Are Poland-Germany Relations on the Mend? - Piotr Buras, ECFR

Those who view Polish-German relations through the prism of differences in collective memories were given a gift in 2014. Last year was truly a “year of anniversaries”,...

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...

About Germany

Germany

News from Germany

SPIEGEL Interview with Julian Assan

In an interview, Julian Assange, 44, talks about the comeback of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing platfo...

Victory in Defeat?: Alexis Tsipras

He'll have to implement tougher savings measures than any of his predecessors, despite his fight to ...

SPIEGEL Interview with Wolfgang Sch

Criticism of Germany's role in the recent negotiations over Greece's future has been fierce. SPIEGEL...

A Government Divided: Schäuble's P

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had a plan to push Greece out of the euro zone. Chancello...

Haphazard and Uninspired: Why Berli

As far as major cities go, few other places are in possession of so many treasures that are so poorl...