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Berlin Observer

Critical notes on German foreign policy and a peek behind the curtain of a newly indispensable nation


Running against Angela Merkel in September, Martin Schulz’s policy ideas are as exciting as they are hard to pin down.


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


Germany’s “Political Ash Wednesday,” once a humorous affair, is short on jokes.


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


SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel throws in the towel, leaving the campaign against Angela Merkel to former EU Parliament president Martin Schulz.


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


The German government wants to streamline its security services.


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


As his last bow in Europe, Barack Obama passionately defended Western values with “his closest ally,” Angela Merkel.

Germany awakes to the reality of a Trump presidency.


A pop-up “Damascus Goethe Institute in Exile” is fostering exchanges in Berlin.


Angela Merkel is likely to continue as Germany’s chancellor.


Germany’s infrastructure is endangered by both politics and bureaucracy.


Germans mark 26 years together in a poisoned mood over migration.


How much co-determination can Germany’s foreign policy take?


German Chancellor Angela Merkel needs a European solution for the refugee crisis more than ever.