FDP im Bundestagswahlkampf: Nordrhein-Westfalen soll Schwarz-Gelb retten

FDP im Bundestagswahlkampf: Nordrhein-Westfalen soll Schwarz-Gelb retten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2013

In Guido Westerwelles Heimat Nordrhein-Westfalen könnte sich das Schicksal der schwarz-gelben Koalition entscheiden. In kaum einem anderen Bundesland setzt die FDP derart massiv alles auf eine Karte. Ein Grund: Andere traditionelle Hochburgen der Liberalen schwächeln. Von Severin Weiland mehr... Forum ]

NSA Spying Fallout: Germany Wants Tighter UN Privacy Rules

NSA Spying Fallout: Germany Wants Tighter UN Privacy Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

Germany on Wednesday launched an effort to improve United Nations data protection regulations in light of the massive Internet surveillance undertaken by the US. Some top German officials would also like to see a data exchange treaty between the US and the EU suspended. more... Comment ]

Loosening Up: A More Equal German-American Relationship

Loosening Up: A More Equal German-American Relationship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

Obama's Berlin visit highlighted how the relationship between Germany and the United States is changing into a looser affinity of equals. No longer the enthralled little brother, Germany must fill the vacuum on the world stage and act on its newfound stature. A Commentary By Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Syrian Rebels in Trouble: German Intelligence Sees Assad Regaining Hold

Syrian Rebels in Trouble: German Intelligence Sees Assad Regaining Hold

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2013

Not even a year ago, German intelligence predicted Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad's regime would soon collapse. Now, the agency instead believes the rebels are in trouble. Government troops are set to make significant advances, it predicts. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Nazi Comparison: Berlin Calls Orbán Comment a 'Derailment'

Nazi Comparison: Berlin Calls Orbán Comment a 'Derailment'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2013

Hungary's controversial prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has angered Berlin by comparing its policies to those of the Nazis. On Monday, Foreign Minister Westerwelle rejected the comparison, saying it was "regrettable." more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'A Military Solution Won't Yield Lasting Peace in Syria'

German Foreign Minister: 'A Military Solution Won't Yield Lasting Peace in Syria'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2013

In a SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, 51, discusses the search for a political solution to the Syrian civil war, controversial German arms exports and how his family's experiences in World War II inform his positions today. more... Comment ]

Beaten, Bullied, Badgered: EU Study Finds Widespread Homophobia in Europe

Beaten, Bullied, Badgered: EU Study Finds Widespread Homophobia in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2013

Harassed at work and the doctor's office, bullied and assaulted in public: The gay, bisexual and transgender community is still widely discriminated against in Europe. In an new EU survey, the most comprehensive to date, more than 90,000 participants report on the extent of their harassment. more... Comment ]

Iraq Effect: Germany Fears US Intervention in Syria

Iraq Effect: Germany Fears US Intervention in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2013

The German government is starting to worry about parallels between the Iraq war 10 years ago and the Syrian conflict. The Foreign Ministry believes that mounting concern over the possible use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could prompt the US government to launch a military intervention. By Severin Weiland and Matthias Gebauer more...

Looming Elections: Berlin Warns Italians against Berlusconi

Looming Elections: Berlin Warns Italians against Berlusconi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2013

Top politicians tend to remain silent on elections being held abroad. But German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle this week has issued a barely concealed warning to Italians against voting for Silvio Berlusconi. And he isn't the only one in Berlin who is nervous about a possible return of "Il Cavaliere." more... Comment ]

Germany Abroad: 'Mealy-Mouthed' Foreign Policy Angers Allies

Germany Abroad: 'Mealy-Mouthed' Foreign Policy Angers Allies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is intent on keeping his country out of military operations in Mali. But his insistence on playing the role of peacemaker is increasingly frustrating Berlin's allies. Many in Berlin are likewise unimpressed. By Ralf Neukirch and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]