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


SPD members have elected a new leadership: two unknown left-wingers. It is hard to see Angela Merkel’s coalition surviving. On Saturday morning, Chancellor Angela …


No other challenge facing German politics and industry is harder to discuss frankly than how to handle China. Why?


Isabel Schnabel, Germany’s nominee to the ECB board, has a pragmatic approach to monetary and fiscal policy.


Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall Bettina Vestring spent two years reporting from the East German city of Dresden.


The German government’s three new prevention strategies set high conceptual standards, but they need more focus.


Germany and France will officially launch an Alliance for Multilateralism at the United Nations General Assembly. They should consider three policy issues that will make or break the Alliance.


Angela Merkel’s government presented a “climate package” that disappointed.


A television experiment reveals how close Germany’s right-wing AfD has moved to Nazi language.


On her trip to China, Chancellor Angela Merkel did little to distance Berlin from Beijing.


Huge relief for Germany’s coalition parties: the AfD did not come first in Saxony or Brandenburg.


The right-wing populist AfD has struck a nerve in the former East Germany.


The inaugural winner of the Sylke Tempel Essay Prize for Young Women is Annabelle Chapman.


Despite Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on protestors, politicians in eastern Germany are emphasizing their ties with Russia—and practicing post-communist identity politics.


A government official’s warning that Jews in traditional dress might not be safe has sparked a new debate about how to protect the community. 


With the parties in Angela Merkel’s coalition government in deep disarray, change is afoot in Germany.


The SPD has to decide how long to remain in government.