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Merkel Rules Out Another Greek Debt Cut

AP | Posted 01.31.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece's European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridde...

Will Spain, Italy and France Follow the Greek Revolt Against Austerity?

Xenia Kounalaki | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Xenia Kounalaki

ATHENS -- The strong mandate he got from the polls, has put a burden on Mr. Tsipras to fulfill the great expectations he produced. If he succeeds, the Spanish Podemos, the French Front National and Italy's Bepe Grillo could all follow suit and question Berlin's fiscal orthodoxy. The much feared domino effect set off by Greece at the outset of euro crisis in 2010 could now materialize in another way.

A Break in the Greek Tragedy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Europe should count itself lucky that a leftwing anti-austerity party won the Greek elections, swept into office by citizens who've had enough. Elsewhere in Europe, seven years of stupid, punitive, and self-defeating austerity policies have led to gains by the far right. If a radical left party is now in power in Athens and sending tremors through Europe's financial markets, the EU's smug leaders and their banker allies in Frankfurt, Brussels and Berlin have only themselves to blame. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the winning Syriza coalition, says he doesn't want Greece to leave the Euro. He just wants Europe's leaders to renegotiate Greece's debt. It's about time. This crisis could have ended years ago with far less suffering for ordinary people who had no responsibilities for the offending policies. Greece, after all, has about two percent of the EU's total economic product -- and it has about 25 percent less than it had before the crisis. Writing off Greece's debt outright would have cost peanuts, and still would.

Angela Merkel Can Prevent Another Charlie Hebdo

Mike Ghouse | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Mike Ghouse

In a divisive world where the leaders are sacrificing the long term safety of a nation for the short term political gains, and putting the nation on a destructive path of exclusion of those who differ, Merkel has done the right thing; choosing inclusion.

Paris Terror Harms France, Islam, and the World

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The people who devastated Charlie Hebdo may have thought, as they fled French justice, that they won a victory for Islam. But the effect of their action is the opposite -- they have contributed powerfully to fear of Muslims.

Angela Merkel Joins Top Political Leaders In Supporting Germany's Muslims

The Associated Press | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans not to marginalize Muslims or other minorities Tuesday, as the country's political leaders prep...

Barack Obama, Missing in Action

Sheldon Filger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

The absence of Barack Obama or any other senior official from his administration on January 11 in Paris is so inexplicable, even the president's most steadfast defenders are aghast. What rationale can possibly be proffered in defense of so counter-intuitive a non-action?

Anti-Muslim Rallies in Germany Now A Regular Event

Reuters | Oliver Barth | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

DRESDEN, Germany, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Protesters marched in several German cities on Monday against higher levels of immigration and what they see as th...

What Is Behind Europe's Rising Islamophobia?

Alexander Görlach | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Alexander Görlach

What is feared today is not the loss of any particular country to foreign conquest, but the loss of an imagined entity that binds us together. The Occident is a central piece of our mental maps and our cultural inventory. In a very visceral sense, Europeans are seized by fears of decline and by memories of cultural blossoming. Those fears culminate in the belief that our cathedrals will eventually turn into mosques, that their bells will fall silent and will be replaced by the cries of the muezzin.

Germany Says Greece Exit From Euro Would Be Manageable

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2015 | World

BERLIN, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The German government believes that the euro zone would now be able to cope with a Greece exit if that proved to be necess...

Merkel: Welcome Refugees And Reject Racism

Reuters | Madeline Chambers | Posted 12.30.2014 | World

BERLIN, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to turn their backs on a growing grass-roots movement of anti-Muslim protesters, cal...

Why 2015 Will Be the Year of the Powerhouse Woman

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 02.23.2015 | Women
40 Percent and Rising

My bet is that 2015 is going to be a year when we see powerhouse women rise, not just to add to the dialogue, but to take action and effect change on issues that matter to women everywhere. Here's why.

Germany, Anti-Islam, and Vladimir Putin

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Why are anti-Islam rallies taking place in a part of Germany where there are almost no Muslims? One explanation might be that having little experience with Muslims, the inhabitants of Dresden are frightened of any newcomers, especially refugees from Syria. But other factors merit consideration.

Why Trendspotting Still Matters: The Power of Looking Forward

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Marian Salzman

One could see it as archaic. Maybe we no longer need trendspotters, when everything is changing all the time, and when everything else -- branding, marketing, behavior and lifestyle -- can adapt in real time. Trendspotting can be frustrating.

German Foreign Policy Comes of Age

Joschka Fischer | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

Worries about the return of history's ghosts so far have been unfounded, at least as far as Germany is concerned. Though the global financial crisis and its effects on Europe have de facto turned Germany into an economic hegemon, it is not a role that the government sought or relishes. The reunited Germany remains a peaceful democracy, recognizes all neighboring borders and remains firmly anchored in NATO and the European Union.

'A Master Of Listening' / 'No Vision At All' / 'The Best Analyst' / 'Machiavellian'

New Yorker | Posted 11.29.2014 | World

On Election Night, Merkel, Schröder, Fischer, and other party leaders gathered in a TV studio to discuss the results. Merkel, looking shell-shocked a...

Germany's Merkel Says Continued Russia Sanctions Are 'Unavoidable'

AP | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says continued sanctions against Russia are "unavoidable" and that it will take "patience and persever...

Europe Faces Winter on the Edge of the Abyss

Llewellyn King | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

There is another world crisis brewing -- and one for which President Obama cannot be blamed. The Europeans have made a mess of things, and now the wolves are at the door. The first snarling wolf is deflation.

Fall Of The Berlin Wall 25 Years Ago Marked In Germany

Reuters | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, heralding the end to the Cold War between East ...

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

25 Of Europe's Banks Fail Stress Test

Reuters | Posted 12.26.2014 | Business

* 25 of 130 banks fail ECB test as of Dec. 2013 * Most have plugged capital hole, just 10 bln euros still needed * Ital...

How NSA Spying, Google and Chlorinated Chickens Are Pitting Germans Against Americans -- And What to Do About It

Sigmar Gabriel | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Sigmar Gabriel

The "Chlorhuhn" chicken symbolizes the fears triggered by a proposed free trade agreement. The fear is that foreign products will push out local goods, and that health standards will drop. We are also having an argument about the way the major Internet companies mine and use data -- with the danger that they will turn us into transparent human beings. But one thing we do agree on is that unrestricted monitoring of communications by secret services can destroy the Internet as a space of liberty. Google's Eric Schmidt rightly described this practice as "outrageous."

Poland's Extraordinary Economic Transformation

Barry D. Wood | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Poland and Germany -- with a long history of conflict -- are very close partners. Chancellor Angela Merkel was instrumental in elevating Poland's conservative Prime Minister Donald Tusk to becoming the next president of the EU council.

A Revolt Against Austerity?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European Union to meet the E.U.'s straightjacket requirement of deficits of no more than three percent of GDP (whether or not depression looms) informed the E.U. that they will not hit this target until 2017. The government of President Francois Hollande, under fire for failing to ignite a recovery, now plans economic stimulus measures -- and the target be damned. Under E.U. rules, France can be fined up to 0.2 percent of its GDP. The French seem to be saying, 'So sue us!'

Women in Business: Laurie Ann Goldman, Leading Retailing Executive

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Laurie Ann Goldman is a leading retailing executive with over 25 years of experience in building global consumer product businesses and brands.