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Berlin Observer

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


Brexit will require Angela Merkel’s trickiest balancing act yet.


The German chancellor is likely to move lightly to set the EU on a reform path.

Berlin has awoken to the new reality of a European Union without Britain.


Egged on by the populist AfD party, Germany’s chauvinist-xenophobes are becoming ever more uninhibited.


Trying to settle a historical question, Germany’s parliament has provoked new ones.


Once a pioneer in gay rights, Germany is losing its progressive reputation.


The SPD, Germany’s oldest party traditionally fighting for social justice, is in a bind.

Germans fear a Trojan horse and the end of democracy.


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A furious president, an outdated law, and an unrepentant comedian have caught Germany’s chancellor in a double bind.

Talk of the Town: A round-up of what’s happening in Berlin (April 11).


The right-wing AfD has shown itself a force to be reckoned with.


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


Germany’s right-wing AfD populists should not be taken seriously.


After ten years in office, the German Chancellor at last surprises our columnist.


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