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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....(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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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 ...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

Jozef Pilsudski's Europe - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Pilsudski dominated Polish affairs from the middle of World War I until his death in 1935. In the words of the late British-educated academic Alexandros Petersen, Pilsudski was fro...

For Europe, Punishing Putin Means Sharing Pain - The Scotsman

Economic sanctions are a two-edged sword, hurting those who impose them as well as those they are aimed at....

It's Time for Germany to Act Like a Great Power - Charles Moore, Telegraph

Should we be frightened? Despite being a Eurosceptic, I cannot honestly say that I am. So long as we do not have adopt the euro and pursue ever closer union, we need not be alarmed...

The War We Germans Never Talk About - Antonia Oettingen, The Spectator

In 1912 Kaiser Wilhelm had an ambitious task for my great-great-great uncle Karl Max von Lichnowsky. He sent him to London to be our ambassador there, with orders to try to ensure ...

Did NSA Snooping Hurt U.S. Image? Not So Much - Bruce Stokes, GPS

It is conventional wisdom among many pundits and opinion leaders that recent revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency have deeply scarred America’s reputati...

Germany: Alone at the Top - The Economist

Germany has done much to atone for the past. Now it faces leadership, a greater burden....

Putin's War (of Ideas) on Europe - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

This is, above all else, a war of ideas. Along with countless shells and missiles, what Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed into Ukraine is a set of ideological challenges ...

Europe Should Punish Putin, Not London - Daily Telegraph

The stench of hypocrisy is almost unbearable. Germany and the rest of the eurozone trade far more with Russia than Britain does, buying billions of pounds worth of gas and propping...

It's Up to Germany to Stop Russia - Brendan Simms, LE Standard

The Germans, however, are more cautious about confronting Russian aggression, and have been slow to deploy eastwards in support of their Nato allies. This partly reflects their dis...

My Father Tried to Kill Hitler - Alex Last, BBC Magazine

On 20 July 1944, a 36-year-old German army officer, Col Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, arrived at a heavily guarded complex hidden in a forest in East Prussia. His mission was...

U.S. & Germany: Rebuilding a Spy Partnership - David Ignatius, Wash Post

Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the...

On MH17, It's Old Europe Versus New Europe - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Key to understanding the "European" stance on Russia is that Europe's countries are themselves divided. Broadly speaking, the big western European nations — the UK, France, a...

Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves Again - Der Spiegel

Germans discovered a new lightness of being in the run-up to their World Cup victory. It's a shift apparent not only in football. Increasingly confident and content, Germany is eme...

Germany Is Weltmeister - Roger Cohen, New York Times

A new nation won the World Cup. It was the first victory for a unified Germany, or a reunified Germany if you prefer. That country was more than a generation in the making. Germans...

Korea Can't Follow German Unification Model - Yong Kwon, Diplomat

The long-delayed Unification Preparatory Committee has finally started work this week. Inaugurated in February, the actual launching of the committee had been postponed by domest...

Germany Goes Hunting for American Spies - Der Spiegel

The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be p...

Germany's Fake Outrage - John Rizzo, Time

It's unlikely Germany didn't know what the U.S. was up to, and kicking out a local CIA chief is largely political theatrics for a German citizenry still fuming over last year's rev...

Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down? - Nikolaus Blome, Der Spiegel

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she...

Germans, New Masters of the World - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Berlin, not Brussels, is the true political capital of the bloc: U.S. President Barack Obama met with Merkel in Germany twice in his first year as president (and visited Berlin dur...

Can the World Copy the German Model? - The Economist

Germany’s hidden champions are enjoying a measure of international celebrity. Officials and businesspeople from the world over are making pilgrimages to Germany to learn from...

Why the U.S. Spies on Germany - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

Lost in the controversy over American espionage on German targets is whether the spying is justified. Germany is an ally, but on a number of key issues, Germany’s foreign p...

Obama's Germany Syndrome - Edward Luce, Financial Times

When the president makes a promise, people are no longer inclined to take him at his word....

Angela Merkel Is Very Angry - Fred Kaplan, Slate

This is no joke....

The German-American Breakup - Jacob Heilbrunn, Los Angeles Times

Germans, who acutely remember the totalitarian surveillance of Nazi Germany and East Germany, cherish their strict data protection and limits on state monitoring. The pervasive spy...

Germany's Choice: America or Russia? - Feldenkirchen, et al., Der Spiegel

For decades, Germany's position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the U.S. But d...

We Can't Trust Germany - Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The expulsion of the CIA's station chief from Berlin raises an obvious question – why do the Americans find it necessary to conduct espionage operations against a country that ...

Let's Learn to Love Germany - Simon Winder, Daily Telegraph

The skill and efficiency of its football team reflects a country that is wealthier, happier and more dynamic than Britain....

Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country - Matthias Gebauer, Spiegel

In what amounts to a diplomatic earthquake, Berlin has asked the country's top CIA official to leave Germany. The measures comes in response to the second allegation in a week of a...

World Cup Final: Pope Francis vs. Pope Benedict - Barbie Nadeau, DB

It’s being called a “holy war” with both World Cup finalists hoping for a divine intervention from Rome. But when Argentina and Germany face each other for the Wo...

Why America Must Spy on the Germans - James Kirchick, The Daily Beast

I’ve lived and loved in Germany, count Berlin as one of my favorite cities, and—pending reactions to this article—may even move back there someday. But given its intense busi...

Why Germany Crushed Brazil - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Germans are having a hard time believing what happened Tuesday night in Brazil. Sure, they are celebrating their country's 7:1 win over the home favorites in a World Cup semifinal ...

Germans Probe 2nd Spy Case Reportedly Involving U.S. - F. Jordans, AP

German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over rela...

The Inevitability of Foreign Entanglements - George Friedman, Stratfor

The Fourth of July weekend gave me time to consider events in Iraq and Ukraine, U.S.-German relations and the Mexican borderland and immigration. I did so in the context of the fou...

Tapping Merkel's Phone Was Absolutely Wrong - Hillary Clinton, Spiegel

In an interview, Hillary Clinton discusses the growing gap between the rich and poor that threatens democracy, Americans' discontent with politics, her regrets over NSA spying on C...

How Matteo Renzi Beat Merkel on Austerity - Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters

Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy who took the revolving presidency of the European Union this week, seems to be the sort of man that Napoleon was referring to when he repu...

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Islamic State: Germany Struggles to

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

King Alex: The Man Behind Scotland'

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is the architect of the independence referendum. This week coul...

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know E

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of ...

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Da

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle ag...

Proposal from Oklahoma: Could Nitro

There have been several botched executions by lethal injection this year, turning many Americans aga...