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Berlin Observer

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


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.


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.