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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?

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

Germany's Coolest Politician

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Cherno Jobatey

"Hey, let me give you a hand with that there," says Germany's Deputy Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries with a smile to a German TV camera crew struggling to get the lighting right in a tricky environment in a Berlin subway station.

How Sustainability Can Guide German Foreign Policy

Philipp Mißfelder | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Philipp Mißfelder

There is no alternative to cooperation. Intensified economic cooperation can play a key role in this respect. Germany and Russia complement each other quite ideally. Each country has what the other needs. Germany has one of the world's most advanced manufacturing sectors, producing a wide range of machinery, plants and goods. And Russia has vast deposits of the natural and mineral resources on which German industry is crucially dependent.

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.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Germany To Consider Ban On Late-Night Work Emails | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A decade ago, Antje Schmid would have left her office in Germany's financial hub of Frankfurt, gone out to drink a frothy pilsner or two with friends,...

Germany Should Lead by Example -- Not By Bailouts

Otmar Issing | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Otmar Issing

Complaints about the imposition of a "teutonic regime" and appeals for German leadership seem to contradict each other - a kind of continent-wide cognitive dissonance. In fact, the complaints and calls for leadership are mutually reinforcing. The implementation of austerity policies in the periphery has caused these countries to ask for help and request that Germany take the lead by putting more money on the European table. Nobody would deny that Germany has an interest in preserving the euro. So why shouldn't it support its partners with financial help to overcome the crisis?

The Political and Cultural Subtext of the Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Final

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.20.2013 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

Assuming that Germans are in no way more nationalistic than Spaniards, Italians or Englishmen, what then are the reasons for this difference in tone and demeanor?

2013: A Decisive Year in German Politics

Ulf Gartzke | Posted 03.09.2013 | World
Ulf Gartzke

Chancellor Merkel's strategy is to muddle through in the hopes that the Eurozone crisis does not blow up in her face before the elections.

Merkel, Austerity Policies Dealt Blow

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2012 | World

* Projections show worst post-war result in state for CDU * Result could harden opposition to Berlin's austerity policies ...

Pirates For Copyright Reform Gain More Ground

Huffington Post | Chris C. Anderson | Posted 05.07.2012 | Technology

Germany's Piratenpartei (Pirate party) members don't wear Aye patches (at least not all the time) or win debates with bribes of booty and rum. But wha...

The President Is Dead. Long Live the Republic!

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Alexander Goerlach

The almost divine head of the German president has (metaphorically) been chopped off, and the political machine has slowed to a standstill. What is the body without its head, the state without the nation, or politics without a common idea?

German Chancellor Signals Ambitions For Third Term

Posted 09.09.2011 | World

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled for the first time her intention to seek a third term in 2013, although a poll on Sunday showed P...

Fatal Ski Accident Shocks German Politics As Inquiry Turns Criminal

International Herald Tribune | Nicholas Kulish | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A deadly skiing accident in which a woman was killed and a powerful politician narrowly survived has captivated Germany, as a seemingly straightforwar...