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Joschka Fischer was a German foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998-2005.

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How a Grexit and Brexit Would Unravel Europe

(21) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 3:44 PM

BERLIN -- Since 2008, when the global financial crisis erupted, the European Union has been confronted by a succession of crises: the escalating Greek crisis; Russian revanchism in Ukraine; and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean (which is inextricably linked to the regional crisis in the Middle East and Africa's...

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How Tsipras Squandered Greece's Opportunity

(42) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 1:53 PM

BERLIN -- One can only feel sorry for Greece. For more than five years, the "troika" (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) has made it the object of a failed experiment with austerity that has exacerbated the country's economic crisis. And now Prime Minister...

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Is the U.S. Shifting Partners in the Middle East From Saudi Arabia to Iran?

(76) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 11:50 AM

BERLIN -- The "new" Middle East is now on daily display. Unlike the old Middle East, whose fate was determined by the dominant Western powers (the United Kingdom and France after World War I, and the United States from the 1940s until recently), the new one has no external hegemon...

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¿Ha enterrado la rebelión griega a la austeridad alemana?

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

No hace mucho tiempo, los políticos y periodistas alemanes declaraban con confianza que había acabado la crisis del euro; Alemania y la Unión Europea, creían, había amainado el temporal. Hoy en día, sabemos que este fue sólo un error más en una continua crisis plagada de errores. El último fallo,...

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Has the Greek Revolt Buried German Austerity?

(30) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 9:56 AM

BERLIN -- Not long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the European Union, they believed, had weathered the storm. Today, we know that this was just another mistake in an ongoing crisis that has been full of them. The latest error,...

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German Foreign Policy Comes of Age

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 1:22 PM

BERLIN -- Germany's reunification, nearly 25 years ago, once again placed at the heart of Europe a large power whose location, economic potential, and, yes, history, raised suspicions of revived hegemonic ambitions. Major European leaders at the time -- including Giulio Andreotti, Margaret Thatcher and François Mitterrand -- worried that...

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Qui viendra combler le vide du repli stratégique américain?

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 9:01 AM

BERLIN - Les conséquences chaotiques de la désintégration progressive de la Pax Americana sont chaque jour plus évidentes. Pendant soixante-dix ans, les États-Unis ont été les gardiens d'un système global qui, bien qu'imparfait -- et indépendamment des multiples errements de cette superpuissance --, garantissait une certaine stabilité. Le moins que...

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America's Strategic Fatigue: Who Will Fill the Vacuum?

(34) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 4:23 PM

BERLIN -- The chaotic consequences of the gradual disintegration of Pax Americana are becoming increasingly clear. For seven decades, the United States safeguarded a global framework, which -- however imperfect, and regardless of how many mistakes the superpower made -- generally guaranteed a minimum level of stability. At the...

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The Right Response to Putin: A European Energy Union

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:43 PM

From Project Syndicate

Dulling Putin's knife and ending the Ukraine crisis peacefully depends largely on the EU. Sanctions will not impress Putin (he and his cronies are isolating Russia economically and financially more effectively than most sanctions could); peaceful yet tangible political steps within Europe will.

Polish Prime Minister Donald...

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Putin's Reality Check for Europe

(9) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:18 PM

From Project Syndicate

Joschka Fischer was German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, a term marked by Germany's strong support for NATO's intervention in Kosovo in 1999, followed by its opposition to the war in Iraq.

BERLIN- Before our eyes, the post-Soviet international system in Eastern...

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Defusing Iran

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 10:27 AM

BERLIN – On February 18, crucial negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program began in Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (the P5+1). The alternative to the talks is a further nuclear buildup by Iran, followed by additional international sanctions and, eventually,...

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