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Glitz at the UN, But Less Than $0.01 Per Cup for SDGs

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

@CAFEFORCHANGE The Heads of State, Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers from 194 countries met at the United Nations in New York last w...

Why Many Germans Don't See Merkel As a Hero in the Refugee Crisis

Alex Gorlach | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Alex Gorlach

From the sheer number of politicians now distancing themselves from the chancellor, one can conclude that they see at hand the fall of Merkel rather than a new rise.

Germany Urges International Community To Solve Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose country has spearheaded Europe's response to its ongoing refugee crisis, dem...

Why Merkel's Kindness to Asylum Seekers Could Reflect a German Soft Spot for Islam

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

It is an irony of history that the same Germany that had set out to exterminate one group of "Semites," the Jews, in the last century is now laying out the welcome mat for another Semitic group, the Arabs -- considering that the majority of the migrants are from the Middle East -- in this century. So what caused the springs of human kindness to gush forth in German hearts?

China, Other Nations Commit To Achieving Gender Equality By 2030

The Associated Press | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- World leaders pledged money and political clout to achieve equality for women by 2030 at a U.N. meeting Sunday co-chaired by C...

Greece's Democratic Crisis and Fundamental Need for Change

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

The catalyst for national transformation emanates from abroad as opposed to coming from home. Considering the status quo in Greece, extending the vote to Greeks overseas is a necessary and essential step forward on a long and arduous road to recovery.

Merkel's Popularity Is Faltering In Germany, New Survey Shows

HuffPost Germany | Christoph Löbel | Posted 09.24.2015 | World

  The refugee crisis has divided Germany. Despite Chancellor Angela Merkel's warm words and saintly intentions to shoulder the refugee crisis, her...

Western Media's Miscount of Saudi Arabia's Syrian Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."

To Integrate the New Refugees, Germany Must Avoid Its Mistakes With Turkish Immigrants

Alex Gorlach | Posted 09.17.2015 | World
Alex Gorlach

BERLIN -- The people entering the country today are human beings, not breathing machines. They bring their whole identity, their history, their collective memory. And this includes their religion. But, Germans fear nothing more than radical Islam that has some roots in Arab culture.

A Litmus Test of Our Solidarity

Peter Wittig | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Peter Wittig

The refugee crisis is not only a European challenge, but rather one facing Western civilization and what we stand for. The international community will have to work together to address the circumstances that cause people to flee their homelands in the first place.

Why the U.S. Should Dedicate a New Statue of Liberty to Europe

Alex Gorlach | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Alex Gorlach

BERLIN -- What we are witnessing today is the first of the long predicted "migration of nations," a circumstance that in itself has the capacity to change many realities we all grew up with. Mass emigration on this order has been predicted as a result of climate change, droughts and dearth. But this exodus is due to a terrible war that is shaking up an already roiling region -- the Middle East.

Germany Steps Up On Refugee Crisis As Rest Of EU Dawdles

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.04.2015 | World

A summer of tragedy in Europe is set to continue into fall, with Germany shaping up to be an important player in a crisis that's sending hundred...

The New Middle Passage

John Feffer | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
John Feffer

Hungary is the epicenter of a new wave of migration hitting Europe. In 2011, about 7,000 migrants arrived in Hungary. Now the country is experiencing as many as 3,000 per day.

A 10-Point Plan to Solve Europe's Refugee Crisis

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Frank-Walter Steinmeier

BERLIN -- Never before have so many people fled political persecution and war as today. Many of them are seeking refuge here with us in Europe. As Europeans, we owe it to ourselves and to the world to help them.

Germany Supports Greece

Christos Terzides | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Christos Terzides

The truth of the matter is that the Greek people will never see the bailout funds being used for growth or to reboot the Greek economy, as the European leadership claims. The €86 billion will be paid out in tranches

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Greece Set To Receive Bailout Funds Before Debt Deadline

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) -- European bailout fund supervisors on Wednesday approved the release of billions of euros to help rebuild Greece's devastated ...

Germany's Merkel To Face Down Party Rebels In Greek Bailout Vote

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.15.2015 | World

BERLIN, Aug 15 (Reuters) - In a major test of her authority, Chancellor Angela Merkel will ask skeptical German lawmakers to back an 86 billion euro ...

Refugee In Germany Names Her Daughter After Angela Merkel

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

BERLIN, Aug 14 (Reuters) - A Ghanaian refugee who has been granted asylum in Germany named her newborn daughter after Chancellor Angela Merkel in gra...

From Greek to Euro Crisis: How German Ideology Is Destroying Europe's Future

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Jakob von Uexkull

The EU must and can settle internal deficits and surpluses, as long as these remain within the euro zone. Therefore, a better integration of economic and fiscal policies and a significant increase in economic transfers within the euro zone are needed.

The German Menace

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The EU was created to expand democracy, boost economic growth, and contain Germany within a democratic whole. Instead, it is destroying democracy, crushing growth, and leaving Germany's most churlish impulses to rule Europe. Before it is over, one of history's noblest experiments in enlightened statecraft could end in ruins.

How to Repair Europe by Leveraging German Overreach

Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

CORFU, Greece -- The opportunity now is to leverage German overreach against itself, like in judo, to flip the agenda of building Europe's future toward a broader approach beyond sovereign debt and the euro.

The Return of the Ugly German

Joschka Fischer | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

BERLIN -- At its core, the criticism articulates an astute awareness of Germany's break with its entire post-WWII European policy. Germany's stance on the night of July 12-13 announced its desire to transform the eurozone from a European project into a kind of sphere of influence.

Greek Crisis: Why Tsipras Remains in Power

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

After three weeks on the brink of collapse, Greek banks have finally reopened marking the return of some form of normality. However, strict capital controls remain in place for the foreseeable future, as does the general state of political and economic uncertainty.

Rising Anti-Semitism In Europe: History Repeating Once Again

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

While we do not see a correlation between high numbers of violent incidents and high levels of anti-Semitic beliefs, Jews feel freer to live openly as Jews when they are confident of being accepted in their societies, not just in the absence of security concerns.