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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.

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 ]

An Attack on Press Freedom: SPIEGEL Targeted by US Intelligence

An Attack on Press Freedom: SPIEGEL Targeted by US Intelligence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2015

Revelations from WikiLeaks published this week show how boundlessly and comprehensively American intelligence services spied on the German government. It has now emerged that the US also conducted surveillance against SPIEGEL. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The German Road: Congo Project Shows Pitfalls of Development Aid

The German Road: Congo Project Shows Pitfalls of Development Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2015

One of Germany's largest relief organizations has built a road through the jungle leading from war-torn North Kivu to a major river in the Congo. The project has demonstrated the limits of development aid in a stateless region. By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned recently that leaders should tone down their rhetoric on Russia. SPIEGEL asked him whether his comments were directed at Chancellor Merkel and how he believes the conflict with Russia might develop. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2014

Germany wants to strengthen its role in international affairs. But recent reports suggest the country's weapons systems are in such disrepair that Berlin actually has very little to offer its partners. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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 ]