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Berlin Observer

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


As the German government goes on summer break, many of the country’s most pressing issues have been neglected due to the row over migration. …


The German chancellor staved off a government collapse with an eleventh-hour deal to save her conservative bloc. But Angela Merkel’s power is waning.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Bavarian interior minister Horst Seehofer have reached a deal. But this migration fight isn’t over, not in Germany and not in the EU.


Germany’s government has endorsed imports of liquid natural gas for the first time—but not because of Russia and Nord Stream 2.


Three years after the peak of the refugee crisis, a simmering conflict over migration policy with Angela Merkel’s Bavarian sister party has turned into open warfare.


Germany’s foreign minister delivered a much-anticipated speech on Europe this week. His answer to America first? Europe United.


In her first-ever appearance in a Bundestag question-and-answer session, Angela Merkel didn’t break a sweat.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting the White House with a bit of baggage.


There is a growing debate in Germany over the possibility of deporting rejected asylum seekers back to war-torn Syria.


Toby Walsh discusses some of the risks artificial intelligence entails—including the possibility of an AI “arms race” —and what steps can be taken to mitigate them.


An interview on the future of work and how AI will reshape our societies.


There’s a lot of talk about AI’s potential—and a lot of worry about responsibility.


With his Saarland background Germany’s new foreign minister Heiko Maas will bring a much-needed Franco-German instinct to the table.


With Germany’s new government finally in sight, Europe breathes a sigh of relief. It may prove a short respite.


The “dieselgate” air pollution scandal leaves Berlin with fewer and fewer good options.


Her fourth government a hard sell, Angela Merkel’s hopeful successors have started eying the top spot.