The Showdown: Ukrainian Opposition Faces Test of Strength

The Showdown: Ukrainian Opposition Faces Test of Strength

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

The Ukrainian opposition, led by heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko, is fueling the resistance movement against the government, and yet has no plan for moving forward. The government in Kiev, confident of victory, is sharpening its tone. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Philippine Typhoon: Germany and Other Nations PledgeáAid

Philippine Typhoon: Germany and Other Nations PledgeáAid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2013

A powerful typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines Friday, killing an estimated 10,000 and leaving stunned survivors searching for food and aid. The catastrophe has "shocked" the German government, which is offering assistance to the region. more... Comment ]

Hot Water: German Foreign Minister Summons US Ambassador

Hot Water: German Foreign Minister Summons US Ambassador

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has summoned the new American ambassador to Berlin over allegations the US has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

After serving there for 10 years, Germany officially handed over its Kunduz military base to Afghan security forces on Sunday. And though German soldiers are leaving the area, officials assured the country would not turn its back on the Afghan people. more... Comment ]

Party Shake-Up: FDP Leader Steps Down after Election Debacle

Party Shake-Up: FDP Leader Steps Down after Election Debacle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Germany's Free Democrats had never fallen below 5 percent in a general election -- until Sunday. As a result, the party faces major restructuring of its leadership, with chairman Philipp R÷sler being the first to resign on Monday. more... Comment ]

'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-VoteáDispute over Arms Exports

'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-VoteáDispute over Arms Exports

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

An internal paper indicates Chancellor Merkel's conservatives want Germany to increase arms exports, a move strictly opposed by her coalition partners. Foreign Minister Westerwelle struck back this week, highlighting a government spat just days before the election. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Military Intervention: GermanyáCaught inátheáMiddleáon Syria

Military Intervention: GermanyáCaught inátheáMiddleáon Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2013

Wary of disappointing the Americans, but afraid of alienating German voters before the election, Berlin has been performing a careful balancing act on Syria. Their strategy: Delay an intervention and remain vague. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Indecision: Debate Slows Western Reaction on Syria

Indecision: Debate Slows Western Reaction on Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

Uncertainty over how to respond to presumed poison gas attacks in Syria has gripped several Western capitals. British Prime Minister David Cameron backed away from his bellicose rhetoric from earlier this week and Chancellor Merkel is attempting to play intermediary. more... Comment ]

The Reluctant Giant: Why Germany Shuns Its Global Role

The Reluctant Giant: Why Germany Shuns Its Global Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

The world admires Germany and would like to see more active engagement from the country. But Germans themselves are reluctant and Chancellor Merkel has steered clear of taking on more global responsibility. Berlin should rethink its role in the world. An Essayáby Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Syria InterventionáMay EndangeráMerkel's Re-Election

Syria InterventionáMay EndangeráMerkel's Re-Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2013

It is an election that few German politicians will soon forget. In 2002, as the US was ramping up its anti-Iraq propaganda preparatory to invading the country the next spring, German Chancellor Gerhard Schr÷der said, "Germany will not participate in a war against Iraq." It is a sentence that put relations between Berlin and Washington in a deep freeze. By Charles Hawley more...