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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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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

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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...

What India's Modi Can Learn from Germany - D. Nayyar, Bloomberg View

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...

Neo-Nazis Threaten German Official with Beheading - L Hurst, Newsweek

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....

China Divides the West - Volker Stanzel, German Marshall Fund

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 ...

In Ukraine, a Case Study of German Power - Ulrich Speck, Carnegie Europe

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...

The European Union's Dying Days - Dirk Schumer, Die Welt

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 ...

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...

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The New Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Con

During his reign, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has created a new leadership role for Saudi Arab...

Interview with Thomas Bach: 'We Can

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committe, talks to SPIEGEL about anti-gay laws, ...

Legal Highs: Welcome to the Cannab

A new consensus is emerging that bans on cannabis are counterproductive. Across the world, countries...

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germa

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble appears to have given up hope of a satisfactory outcome to the G...

Hope for Democracy: A Personal View

Growing up, I was never particularly interested in Turkish politics. But Gezi Park changed my view o...