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A champion of EU and NATO enlargement, German foreign policy is no longer the gentle giant of the post-war years. Its leading economy and the War on Terror has propelled Germany to take an assertive role on the world stage.

Satire Affair: Turkish-Germans Caught Between Two Nations

Satire Affair: Turkish-Germans Caught Between Two Nations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2016

An insulting poem about Turkish President Erdogan by German comedian Jan Böhmermann has set off widespread anger among German-Turkish people. But why is the community so attached to the Turkish president? By Serdar Somuncu more... Comment ]

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2016

Turkey is calling for criminal proceedings against a German comedian who crudely disparaged its president on public television. Personally ordered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the complaint threatens to create a massive political crisis for Chancellor Merkel. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

When he first came to power, Turkish President Erdogan embarked on a path of modernization. But the growth of a new elite withered those reforms and now, an autocracy is taking hold. It is time for the West to rethink its relations with Turkey. An Essay by Michael Werz more... Comment ]

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2016

From the courts to the media, Poland's new government has passed a number of new reforms that have the EU concerned about creeping autocracy. Complaints thus far have fallen on deaf ears in Warsaw, triggering calls for firmer action from Brussels. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Israeli-German Relations: Polemics Have No Place in True Friendships

Israeli-German Relations: Polemics Have No Place in True Friendships

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2015

With dubious Holocaust comparisons, the German Israel lobby is making life difficult for supporters of the Jewish state in Germany. Polemics should have no place in the relationship. An Essay by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2015

Germany has approved the deployment of reconnaissance planes, a frigate and support personnel to support the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Experts say IS can't be defeated with air strikes alone. Will Germany ultimately be forced to send in ground troops? By Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2015

With the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, Germany is rapidly changing its foreign and security policy focus. Gone are the days of democracy promotion. Now the primary goal is that of preventing people from migrating to Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Ex Schröder Aide on 9/11: 'We Thought the Americans Would Overreact'

Ex Schröder Aide on 9/11: 'We Thought the Americans Would Overreact'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2015

Michael Steiner was in Prague in 1989 and at Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's side on Sept. 11, 2001. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL how the US considered a nuclear attack on Afghanistan and about finding a bug in his phone at the Chancellery. Interview Conducted by René Pfister and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Deliberate Deception: Washington Gave Answer Long Ago in NSA Case

Deliberate Deception: Washington Gave Answer Long Ago in NSA Case

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2015

For months, the German government sought to create the impression it was still waiting for an answer from the US on whether it could share NSA target lists for spying with a parliamentary investigation. The response came months ago. By Matthias Gebauer, René Pfister and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Opinion: Merkel Must End Devil's Pact with America

Opinion: Merkel Must End Devil's Pact with America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2015

Following the latest revelations about surveillance by the United States on the German government and media, it is high time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to take action against the systematic spying. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]