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Dear Mrs. Merkel, Now Is the Time for a Common Vision

Sebastian Matthes | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Sebastian Matthes

Dear Mrs. Merkel, Germans are noticing the shift that has just begun. They notice that after this eventful decade, Germany is about to change profoundly. And they need somebody to explain this transition to them.

How the Refugee Crisis Is Forcing Germany to Define Its Values

Derek Scally | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Derek Scally

BERLIN -- Only a month since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country to a historic influx of refugees, Germans have begun to worry about the limits of their country's capacities. And talk of integration brings up an even larger question: how does a country afraid of national identity present itself to newcomers?

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.

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?

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.

Europe of the People or Europe of the Numbers

Christos Terzides | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Christos Terzides

I've publicly supported Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's decision to go hold a referendum on the terms of an agreement proposed by Greece's creditors, mainly the IMF, in exchange for additional financing for the country.

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.

Merkel Reminds Japan To Confront Its Wartime Past

Reuters | Andreas Rinke | Posted 05.10.2015 | World

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

Not Too Late to Postpone Netanyahu Speech

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

By now, it has become clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to address Congress on March 4 has become a disaster -- not just for him but more importantly for the US-Israel relationship.

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...

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.

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 ...

The Cost of Surveillance

Sen. Chris Murphy | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Murphy

The bottom line is this: just because we can obtain a piece of information, or listen into a conversation, doesn't mean we should. This is especially true when it comes to our nation's most important allies, like Germany.

Like Don Quixote Tilting at Windmills, Foreign Governments Fight the Wrong Enemy Post-Snowden

Stacy Baird | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Stacy Baird

As a result of Snowden's disclosures, U.S. companies have been wrongly suffering commercial reprisals by some governments. Conflating the acts of the NSA with other agencies has also potentially harmed legitimate government activities.

Politician Calls Merkel On Millionaire Quiz Show, Gets Voicemail

AP | Posted 06.04.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A German politician hoping for help from Angela Merkel during a television quiz show was left disappointed when the chancellor failed ...

Obama, German Chancellor To Display Unity Against Russia

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened tough sanctions Friday on broad swaths of Russia's economy i...

For More Internet, and More Democracy, Forget NetMundial and ICANN

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 06.22.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

As the Netmundial conference on the future of Internet governance starts, rather than asking "What can we expect from it?", we might ask instead whether this future might be more promisingly reformed by political, technical and architectural innovations than by a preach to a so-called multistakeholder choir convened in Sao Paulo.

German Leader Injured While Skiing

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel cracked her pelvis during a skiing accident in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work sc...

Germany's Merkel In Minor Traffic Accident

AP | Posted 12.16.2013 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say Chancellor Angela Merkel was involved in a traffic accident on a highway near Berlin but there were no injuries a...

Merkel To Accept Demands For National Minimum Wage

AP | Posted 11.21.2013 | Business

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is prepared to accept demands for a national minimum wage in order to forge a coalition that ...

Are Europeans and Americans Drifting Apart?

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Patrick Stephenson

Two points, I think, are important to understanding the European response to invasive U.S. surveillance: a shift in values and a shift in power.

Friends Spying on Friends -- The View From Europe

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

At this point, we cannot undo the surveillance or what has been called cyber bullying. It is important, however, that American officials recognize the intensity of the European reaction, that it is serious, and that it is justified.

Emily Swanson

Americans Think Tracking Merkel's Phone Is Unacceptable, But Tracking Other Leaders Might Be OK | Emily Swanson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics

Americans generally frown on the idea of spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But many think the idea o...

Merkel: Letting Greece In Euro Zone Was 'Fundamentally Wrong'

Agence France Presse | Frank Zeller | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has charged, a month before elections, that struggling Greece should never have been allowed into the eurozone, blamin...