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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.

Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2014

Germany on Sunday presented the list of weapons it plans to send to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Some of them, though, may end up being used against former German soldiers. SPIEGEL has learned that 20 ex-Bundeswehr troops have joined jihadists in the region. more... Comment ]

Targeting Turkey: How Germany Spies on Its Friends

Targeting Turkey: How Germany Spies on Its Friends

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2014

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that Germany has inadvertently spied on Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and has also deliberately targeted Turkey. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2014

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 58, says the downing of an aircraft carrying 300 Europeans convinced EU leaders of the need for tougher new sanctions against Moscow. German industry, he says, is on board too. Interview Conducted by Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Keeping Spies Out: Germany Ratchets Up Counterintelligence Measures

Keeping Spies Out: Germany Ratchets Up Counterintelligence Measures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2014

Officials in Berlin were long in denial that their closest allies were spying on Germany. Now, ministries are undertaking measures to improve security and counterintelligence. They're anticipating frosty relations with the US for some time to come. more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls the downing of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine "appalling" in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. He also discusses the flare-up in the Middle East and US espionage in Germany. Interview Conducted by Roland Nelles and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2014

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she will step down as chancellor before her current term ends. By Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2014

For decades, Germany's position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow? By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin. By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

The Wrong Impression: Schröder's Russia Ties Are Bad Politics

The Wrong Impression: Schröder's Russia Ties Are Bad Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2014

With his close ties with Vladimir Putin, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has the potential to create serious problems for his country's foreign policy. Many are questioning whether his Social Democrats are overly loyal to Russia. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Editorial: No Special Path for Germany in Ukraine Crisis

Editorial: No Special Path for Germany in Ukraine Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2014

To contain the forces of madness in Ukraine, the West must prepare to work together with Russian President Vladimir Putin. If he doesn't comply and continues to lie, then tough sanctions must follow. For Germany, there can be no special path. more... Comment ]