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

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 ...

Germans Probe 2nd Spy Case Reportedly Involving US

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German int...

CIA Was Involved In U.S. Spying On Germany: Report

Reuters | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency was involved in a spying operation against Germany th...

Merkel Speaks Out Against U.S. Spying Allegations

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that if reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States are prove...

Clinton Praises Merkel As Europe's 'Greatest Leader'

Reuters | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics

BERLIN, July 6 (Reuters) - Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton called Chancellor Angela Merkel "the greatest leader in Europe" during a v...

German Intel Worker Suspected Of U.S. Spying: Report

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin on Friday following the arrest of a man reported to have spied for the United States, h...

Germany Adopts the World's Best Minimum Wage

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

If Merkel and her Christian Democratic party can help lead this effort in Germany, and with real results, what accounts for the 19th century U.S. framework of free markets, free trade, elimination of collective bargaining, and the destruction of economic opportunity for all but a few Americans?

Women in Business: Q&A with Sarah Merrion Isaacs, CEO of Conventus

Laura Dunn | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Sarah Merrion Isaacs is CEO of Conventus, a national information security consulting firm that protects companies from security attacks and data breac...

Clinton: The U.S. Needs A Woman In Charge

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

(Corrects year to 2016 in paragraph 5) BERLIN, June 16 (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton has told a German magazine the United States should...

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.

Horse-trading Is Not the Way to Select Europe's Next Leader

András Simonyi | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
András Simonyi

A Union of 450 million can certainly do better than the process it is currently entangled in, which is shameful and harmful. The sooner it is over, the better.