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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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Bodybuilder On Ecstasy Wreaks Havoc In Merkel's Cockpit

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 08.20.2013 | World

BERLIN -- An intruder managed to break into German Chancellor Angela Merkel's jet at Cologne Airport for several hours last month, playing around with...

Reality 1, Austerity 0

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's been a very bad week for the merchants of austerity. In Europe, the just-released statistics on first quarter performance show EU nations sliding deeper into recession. In Spain and Greece, unemployment rates are approaching a staggering 30 percent. In Britain, the Tory government took as good news the fact that the UK managed to eke out 0.3 percent growth. Even Germany, the prime sponsor of these policies, is on the edge of recession. You don't promote growth by slashing demand. Supposedly, fiscal tightening improves business confidence. But if some entrepreneur somewhere decided to break ground for a new factory because the president and Congress at last cut the budget, nobody could find such a person. Even the Washington Post editorial page, which has long been promoting a budget bargain built on more cuts, warned in its lead Sunday editorial, that austerity is pinching too hard -- in Europe, that is. How about at home?

Thatcher's Militant Democracy

David Miles | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
David Miles

Unlike Chancellor Merkel of Germany, who has a reputation for only sticking her neck out when confident of victory, Margaret Thatcher sometimes had little choice in the timing of the battles she had to fight.

Merkel Cyprus

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Jeff Danziger

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Merkel 'Very Pleased' With Cyprus Bailout Deal

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business

LANGENFELD, Germany, March 25 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was "very pleased" with the outcome of marathon negotia...

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.

German Law Permits Male Circumcision

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

BERLIN -- German lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that explicitly permits male infant circumcision, ending months of legal uncertainty after a cour...

Merkel: 'Ambitious Roadmap' Needed To Save Eurozone

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business

BRUSSELS, Nov 7 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on fellow European leaders on Wednesday to agree an ambitious, concrete plan for ...

Merkel in Greece

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Protests Mark Merkel's First Greece Visit During Crisis

Reuters | Posted 12.08.2012 | World

By Noah Barkin and Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to the heart of Europe's debt cris...

Former Finance Minister Will Challenge Angela Merkel In 2013

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 11.28.2012 | World

BERLIN — Germany's main opposition party embarked Friday on an uphill struggle to oust Chancellor Angela Merkel, choosing a respected former fin...

German Chancellor Offers Advice To Closeted Gay Sports Star

Worldcrunch | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices

No name, no club – nothing that would point to his identity – that was what Fluter journalist Adrian Bechtold had to promise a professional Bundes...

ECB Struggling To Do 'Whatever It Takes' To Save Euro

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business

* Monti, Hollande call for action to cut excess borrowing costs * ECB rate decision, news conference on Sept. 6 ...