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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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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.

CIA Halts Spying In Europe

AP | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets ...

Why Germany Can't Avoid a Larger Military Commitment to NATO

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Germany's position as Europe's leading economic and political power put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position vis-a-vis how to address Vladimir Putin's extra-territorial activities.

Merkel: ISIS Poses Major Risk To Europe

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2014 | World

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds f...

Employment for the Ages

Michael Hodin | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Britain is currently at the cusp of what the Financial Times has called the biggest reform to its pension system since it began a century ago.

Trade Deals from Hell

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The latest reports from Europe indicate that the continent is slipping back into recession. The U.S. is doing only slightly better, with positive economic growth but scant progress on the jobs front, and no growth in the earnings of the vast majority of Americans. Meanwhile, global climate change continues to worsen, producing unprecedented policy conundrums of how to reconcile the very survival of the planet with improved living standards for the world's impoverished billions and for most Americans, whose real incomes have declined since the year 2000. Amid all of these serious challenges, what common strategies are top U.S. and European leaders pursuing? Why, a new trade and investment deal modeled on NAFTA, to make it harder for governments to regulate capitalism.

Merkel Slams Russia Over Ukraine Convoy

AP | Posted 10.22.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russia of risking a further escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending an ai...

60 Celebs And Other Things Turning The Big 6-0 In 2014

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 10.09.2014 | Fifty
Elinor Robin, PhD

This September I turn 60. As I enter The Final Third, I find myself dumbfounded about where the last 60 years have gone, and driven to take stock and sort it all out. In addition, I want to hedge my bets for the next 30. With nothing really big calling my name, I don't have much of a bucket-list. All I know is that I want to keep going and keep learning.

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.

Obama Dispatches Advisers To Germany Amid Spying Flap

AP | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a di...

Germany's Merkel Seeks 'Sensible' U.S. Spy Talks

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Germany wants "sensible talks" with the United States on the two countries' spat over alleged American spying, Chancellor Angela Merke...

The Vicious Art of Swapping Words for Deeds, or Who Will Hold Mr. Putin Accountable?

Olga Bielkova | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Olga Bielkova

While some celebrate the cooling of Kremlin's incriminating rhetoric towards Ukraine, the bloodshed in Donbas continues. Pundits are fooled, willingly or not, by the smoke and mirrors as they forget to focus on the hard evidence.

America's Tragic Turn in Germany and Japan

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Bruce Ackerman

It's taken a long time for Germany and Japan to recover from the Second World War. After enduring the indignity of military occupation, they regained sovereignty only by guaranteeing against future threats to peace. Germany's new constitution only authorized military force in self-defense or in collaboration with collective security agreements. Japan's Article Nine went further, "forever renounc[ing] ... the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes." But this post-war settlement is unraveling before our eyes. The Obama administration must learn to distinguish the urgent from the truly fundamental. Unless it rethinks our traditional post-war partnerships, it risks an authoritarian Japan and a profoundly alienated Germany -- destroying one of the greatest legacies of the twentieth century.

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

William Bradley | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics?

Germany Is Not a Classic Western Ally

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 09.13.2014 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Germany, though in the Western camp today, has historically been positioned between West and East, and many Germans today still regard themselves in this manner.

Kerry Stresses U.S.-Germany Relationship Amid Spying Allegations

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

(Adds Steinmeier) VIENNA, July 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, standing alongside Germany's foreign minister, on Su...

Obama Kept In The Dark About Blown Spying Operation In Germany: Report

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

President Obama was kept in the dark about a blown U.S. spying operation in Germany, according to the New York Times. A 31-year-old German man was ...