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Why the Greek Crisis is a Failure of the Lenders

S. Kumar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
S. Kumar

As Greece hurtles towards a default on its IMF loan this week and an exit from the euro, it's easy to point the finger of blame at the Mediterranean nation.

Daniel Marans

Why Angela Merkel Will Be Responsible For A Greek Exit From The Eurozone | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

If Greece leaves the eurozone in the coming days, it will be the result of decisions made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, more than any other inst...

Grexit May Be Merkel's Biggest Risk Yet

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, June 29 (Reuters) - "If you break it, you own it," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bu...

Daniel Marans

How A Deal Between Greece And Europe Could Be Dead On Arrival | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

After months of high-stakes negotiations, the Greek government and its creditors are reportedly within striking distance of a lasting new bailout deal...

Scientists Make Better Leaders: Using Ideas for the Common Good

Teri W. Odom | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Teri W. Odom

The scientific approach to problem solving has its roots in critical and analytical thinking, teamwork, and creativity. I am an advocate for training students so they can apply their scientific training to any academic major or career path.

Act III of the Greek Tragedy

Richard Finger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Richard Finger

What is about to happen in Greece could be another Sophocles sequel.

Merkel Says Greek Bailout Deal Still Possible If Athens Shows The Will

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2015 | World

By Paul Carrel and Angeliki Koutantou BERLIN/ATHENS, June 18 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday a deal betwe...

Business Must Lead Collaboration to Meet the G7's Fossil Fuel Ambitions

Barry Parkin | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Barry Parkin

This week, the G7 leaders convened in a Bavarian castle and announced a landmark commitment to phase out fossil fuels by 2100. This is a hugely important step on the road to, as Angela Merkel put it, 'decarbonizing the global economy in the course of this century.'

Germany Drops Inquiry Into Alleged NSA Spying On Merkel's Cellphone

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors on Friday closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by the U.S. N...

'Green News Report' - June 11, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil spill clean up continues in Santa Barbara; Major media steps up, ch...

G7 Nations Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuels by 2100

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

The heads of the G-7 leading industrial nations agreed to “decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century” at their meeting this wee...

Can Angela Merkel Offer Hope for Greece?

Yanis Varoufakis | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Yanis Varoufakis

ATHENS -- Moralistic objections to helping Greece abound, denying its people a shot at achieving their own renaissance. Greater austerity is being demanded from an economy that is on its knees, owing to the heftiest dose of austerity any country has ever had to endure in peacetime. No offer of debt relief. No plan for boosting investment. And certainly, as of yet, no "Speech of Hope" for this fallen people.

Obama Sidelines Kerry on Ukraine Policy

Eric Zuesse | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Kerry now faces the decision as to whether to quit -- which would force the EU's hand regarding whether to continue with U.S. policy there -- or else for Kerry to stay in office and be disrespected in all capitals for his staying on after having been so blatantly contradicted by his subordinate on a key issue of U.S. foreign policy.

Obama Faces New Dynamic With Europe At G7 Summit

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama attends the Group of Seven summit in Germany on Sunday, he will join fello...

G7: Coffee with Angela Merkel

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz, Founder CAFÉ FOR CHANGE, asks: Madam Chancellor, how many cents of every cup of coffee you will serve at the G7 summit will help eradicate poverty in coffee growing regions?

Amanda Terkel

Marriage Equality In Germany 'Not A Goal' For Angela Merkel | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.27.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage, despite the overwhelming support of a ma...

Spies, Lies and Politics in Berlin

Alan Posener | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Alan Posener

BERLIN -- The latest "scandal" over NSA support from Germany's foreign intelligence service reveals Berlin's political class as ever willing to ride the tiger of German anger toward the Americans -- and score cheap political points.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga: No bark or bite by EU leaders

Dominik Tolksdorf | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Dominik Tolksdorf

The Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has been tagged by the hosting Latvian minister of foreign affairs a "survival summit." This implied that EU leaders might propose decisive actions to intensify relations with the Eastern Partnership countries in light of the Ukraine crisis.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 6: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness (Conclusion)

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Just as we think of the films of the exceptionally gifted Leni Riefenstahl as Nazi art, so we are in an inexorable process of appreciating much of the art of Richard Wagner as such.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 5: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Instead of asking for forgiveness or otherwise expressing regret for the past, or even honestly and clearly acknowledging it, what most of these Nazi-tainted German artists have done at best, individually or collectively, is what might be called gestures of redress

Unite Europe Mrs. Merkel, Become a Part of History

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

The situation in Greece, mere weeks after the country's recent national elections, is anything but settled. The country's future remains mired in uncertainty due to the maneuvers of the victorious but inexperienced, leftist "Syriza" party with respect to its dealings with its European partners.

For Women, a Less Tragic Path to Power

Daniel Zingale | Posted 06.27.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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.