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Berlin Observer

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


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.


The German conservatives are floating new ideas to win back populist voters.


As Islamist terror attacks reach Germany, Angela Merkel addresses them with her usual pragmatism.


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.