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Bettina Vestring
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is a freelance journalist based in Berlin. She writes on foreign and security policy and EU affairs.

Germany’s Social Democrats are turning defense spending into an election issue.


What to learn from Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s election as president of Germany.


Germany’s anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland is moving into neo-Nazi territory.


Don’t read too much into Angela Merkel’s proposal for a burqa ban.


In Austria, Germany’s political parties catch an awful glimpse of the future.


A furious president, an outdated law, and an unrepentant comedian have caught Germany’s chancellor in a double bind.


Why the regional elections of March 13 signal a shift in Germany’s political landscape.


Why Germany is engaging in France’s war against the so-called Islamic State.


The current wave of immigration presents a huge opportunity for Europe.


Many Germans still believe the chancellor was right when she opened the borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees. But doubts are growing, and her party, too, is becoming nervous. Could her job be at stake?


The EU’s deficient foreign policy is to blame in part for the current refugees crises. But few in Berlin or elsewhere acknowledge this.


The real dividing line in the debate about Greece and the euro is whether Germany and Europe should give in to Athens’ demands, or force Greece to reform? Interestingly, both camps are firmly pro-European.


Angela Merkel’s government seem to be taking the accelerating Greek crisis in good spirits, and it isn’t hard to see why: with Sunday’s referendum, Greece’s government has taken the country’s fate into its own hands


There was nothing he wouldn’t sell and very little he couldn’t buy. Alexander Schalck-Golodkowski was communist East Germany’s foremost capitalist. Having outlived the state he served by a quarter century, he died on June 21 at the age of 82.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel turned down Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend the huge military parade planned for the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory over Germany. Instead, she will travel to Moscow one day later to take part in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – an unexpected hopeful sign.


Barack Obama’s absence at the great Paris rally for the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks may be symbolic of a deeper rift: Americans and Europeans have a completely different view of what it takes to combat terrorism.