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For Women, a Less Tragic Path to Power

Daniel Zingale | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women
Daniel Zingale

I hope America too has matured to the point where women can ascend to our highest office on their own merits, and certainly without having to do so in the wake of tragic loss. The names Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Elizabeth Warren and Carly Fiorina are names that we hear over and over.

Are European Officials Pushing for Regime Change in Greece?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

While the Greek government cannot do anything to replace its negotiating partners with people more to their liking, the European officials on the other side seem to believe they can do exactly that. And it is becoming increasingly clear that this is their current strategy.

A "Great Fear" in Kosovo

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In this carnage, both the Damascus dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad, which is supported by the Iranian regime, and the ultra-Wahhabi "Islamic State" that opposes the civil resistance to Bashar, are guilty.

It Took Just One Email to Compromise the Leaders of the Free World

Adam Levin | Posted 04.02.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

Somebody's shrimp is on the barbie at Australia's immigration department after an officer there emailed President Obama's passport number and other personal information to an organizer at the Asian Cup football tournament. And before you think otherwise: Yeah, it matters.

How Digitizing Europe Will Create 850,000 New Jobs

John Chambers | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
John Chambers

SAN JOSE -- Europe will need a workforce trained for careers in the new digitized economy. It is estimated that Europe will have an e-skills gap that, if filled, could lead to 850,000 potential jobs in 2015, rising to twice that by 2020. On a continent where youth unemployment exceeds 50 percent in some countries, there should be no problem finding young and eager people able to do these jobs, provided they receive the proper training.

Why Germany Shouldn't Take Its Economic Success for Granted

Jürgen Jeske | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Jürgen Jeske

FRANKFURT -- The central weakness of democratic systems also contributes to the problem: The quest for votes favors the extension of social benefits and discourages unpopular measures that would put the economy on a more sustainable footing. As the German economist Herbert Giersch once put it, what is politically expedient is rarely economically beneficial.

Merkel Reminds Japan To Confront Its Wartime Past

Reuters | Andreas Rinke | Posted 03.10.2015 | World

By Andreas Rinke TOKYO, March 9 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, referring to Germany's own experience, reminded Japan on ...

Breaking: Greece Threatened 'Feta Dump' During Bailout Crisis

David Shayne | Posted 03.05.2015 | Comedy
David Shayne

Inside sources report Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resorted to hostile threats last month as bailout negotiations with the country's creditors faltered.

German Parliament Approves Greece's Bailout Extension

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the...

What Is a 'Real Woman's Body'? @huffpostblog

Jessica Rapisarda | Posted 04.26.2015 | Women
Jessica Rapisarda

Our bodies are varied. They break, mend, grow life, disappoint us, and haul groceries. They age, climb stairs, run marathons, comfort, ache, and surprise us with strange hair. Our bodies are real. A "real woman's body" can't be found in any one part; it can only be understood by appreciating the whole.

Pope Francis Meets With German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Reuters | James MacKenzie | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Pope Francis on Saturday and, apparently responding to his criticism of a heartless "dictatorship of t...

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way Out of Trouble?

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Whether this ceasefire or some future one proves durable, Ukraine must eventually make some very difficult decisions concerning its future. Above all, it must figure out a way of exiting the steel trap that has clamped down on its nether regions. The Crimean peninsula has already been sliced off. Should Ukraine sever another one of its own limbs in order to survive?

Putin, Al-Sisi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Holocaust Remembrance

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In another of his pleasant encounters with world leaders, Russian president Vladimir Putin went to Egypt on February 8, staying until February 10.

The Silent Minority

Martin Marty | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

America's largest ethnic group has assimilated so well that people barely notice it. So ran a headline in The Economist (Feb 7). Those of us who sight and study and report on ethnic groups are also busy studying their role in religion in American public life.

Greece Does Battle With Creationist Economics: Can Germany Be Brought Into the 21st Century?

Dean Baker | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The time has come for the EU to stop running economic policy based on silly myths. If German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders in the EU cannot accept reality then Greece and southern Europe would be far better off breaking free of the euro and leave Germany to wallow in its 19th century economic fairy tales.

Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev's Biggest Headache

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Russia has not launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, yet. Ukrainians know what they can expect from Germany and the rest of Europe. It is the fickle boosterism of American political patrons that may warm Kiev to a fatal ambition that spells trouble in the months ahead.

Greek Debt Standoff Awaits A Decisive Move

The New York Times | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

Clad in snug black pants and his signature untucked shirt, the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, sauntered into a conference room in the Berli...

The Minsk Agreement Can Only Work If Power Is Balanced Between Russia and the West

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- At the root of all this monstrous and bloody story is the fact that the West lied to Moscow 25 years ago when it said it would not expand NATO even one inch to the east if the Soviet Union agreed to the unification of Germany. The West really did take full advantage of its opportunity to violate the balance of power in the world and must now busy itself with overcoming the negative consequences.

Europe's Dilemma - Putin's Blessing in Disguise

Elena Ulansky | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

The negative yielding bonds show how weak the European economy and psychological capacity of Europe is to stand up to Putin. The problem for Germany now is not Russia but how to deal with Greece and the weakening economies of European countries.

Why Greece's Call for WWII Reparations From Germany Is a Very Bad Idea

Sylvie Goulard | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Sylvie Goulard

No responsible leader worthy of the title should take the risk of threatening the peace which has reigned since the end of the Second World War.

Angry Greeks Threaten to Halt European Juggernaut

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A breakdown of the European bailout program might make a Greek exit from the euro ("Grexit") the only feasible option. And the popular revolt against outsiders dictating economic policy creates a huge new roadblock to attempts to expand Brussels' power over EU members.

Obama, Merkel Rally Behind Diplomacy In Ukraine Conflict

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution to th...

Merkel Says Ukraine Conflict Can't Be Solved By Military

AP | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the conflict between Russia and Ukraine cannot be solved by "military means." Me...

Bildt: Merkel Is Best To Solve The Crisis With Putin

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, is one of Europe’s leading statesmen. He is also a member of the Steering Co...

Obama Acknowledges Damage From NSA Eavesdropping On Angela Merkel

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that revelations of U.S. surveillance on Ger...