Many Germans still believe the chancellor was right when she opened the borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees. But doubts are growing, and her party, too, is becoming nervous. Could her job be at stake?
Paradoxically, the agreement over the Iranian nuclear program is likely make things more difficult for President Hassan Rouhani. Rather than bolstering the forces of reform, the deal may end up having the opposite effect.
With US President Barack Obama and the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates rolling out their climate change strategies, now is a good time to take a look at what has worked – and what has not – in Germany and the rest of Europe.
Russia’s President has used Europe’s dependence on Russian gas as a powerful geopolitical lever. But energy geopolitics is a risky game, especially with Brussels now poised to take advantage of opportunities to permanently slash Gazprom’s market share.
Germany is facing intense criticism for its handling of the Greek crisis. However, few remember the obstacles the Merkel government had to overcome to reach an agreement with Athens and keep the eurozone together.
Germany’s finance minister may be (southern) Europe’s most hated man – at home his approval ratings are going through the roof. Pointing to the inner logic of eurozone rules he may have more in mind than the future Europe’s single currency.
European Encounters (#EuropeCounts), supported by Stiftung Mercator (2017-18), aims at contributing toward building a European public. Europeans from different ends and spheres of the continent exchange views on topics relevant to the whole EU. It’s time to make discussions truly European.
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+++ For the United States, it is no longer about nation-building, it is about world-building, argues Bruno Maçães; Mark Leonard and Jeremy Shapiro make the case for a sovereign Europe; Krzysztof Iwanek looks at India, the other Asian power; David Ritchie assesses the Alliance for Multilateralism from an Australian perspective; Alex Massie profiles Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; Noah Gordon starts our new Carbon Critical column; Anna Maria Wallner explains the meaning of “Zack, Zack, Zack“; Vladislav Inozemtsev declares the end of the end of economic history; the EU needs an intelligence service, Pia Seyfried writes in our Red Herring & Black Swan column; and much more +++