World from Berlin: Clemency 'A Master Stroke of Secret Diplomacy'

World from Berlin: Clemency 'A Master Stroke of Secret Diplomacy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2013

By releasing Mikhail Khodorkovsky from prison, Russian President Vladimir Putin has eliminated a political burden that has dogged relations between Moscow and the West for years. German editorialists say it is a highly symbolic move ahead of the Olympics. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: President's Sochi Boycott 'Sets an Example'

World from Berlin: President's Sochi Boycott 'Sets an Example'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

German President Joachim Gauck's office has informed the Kremlin he will not be attending the Sochi Olympics in February. German newspapers view his protest of Russian human rights violations as a moral decision by the German head of state. more...

World from Berlin: 'Germany No Longer a Role Model for Europe'

World from Berlin: 'Germany No Longer a Role Model for Europe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

Germany's next government is expected to shower the country with goodies including a minimum wage and an earlier retirement age. Editorialists warn the extra spending sends the wrong message and will be costly for the next generation. more...

World from Berlin: Ukraine's Complaints Are 'Insolent'

World from Berlin: Ukraine's Complaints Are 'Insolent'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

The Ukrainian government's decision to withdraw from discussions of a planned trade deal with the EU is drawing condemnation in Europe. German editorialists decry Russia's strong-arm tactics in the run-up to the decision. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'A Last Warning Shot' for Southern Europe

World from Berlin: 'A Last Warning Shot' for Southern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The decision by the European Central Bank to lower interest rates on Thursday is proof that the debt crisis still plagues the euro zone. The move is controversial in Germany, where editorialists warn it could affect savings and pensions. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The scandal surrounding a German bishop's lavish spending continues to grow in Germany, as Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst awaits an audience with the pope in Rome. German editorialists say the affair could be a turning point for the Catholic Church here. more... Comment ]

Shutdown Spectacle: 'America Is Already Politically Bankrupt'

Shutdown Spectacle: 'America Is Already Politically Bankrupt'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2013

As the United States government shutdown enters its second day, Washington is the target of both ridicule and concern overseas. German commentators describe the situation as a "specifically American problem" with far-reaching consequences. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'The West's Zig-Zagging Is Astounding'

World from Berlin: 'The West's Zig-Zagging Is Astounding'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

US President Obama announced Tuesday night he would postpone military intervention in Syria in favor of diplomatic measures. But such waffling is shameful and the US would be foolish to trust Russia's plan, German commentators say on Wednesday. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Germany's 'Cowardly Position' on Syria

World from Berlin: Germany's 'Cowardly Position' on Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

As Western leaders scramble to find a common stance on the crisis in Syria, Berlin's back and forth on the issue has become embarrassing, the German press writes on Monday. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Carefully Cultivated Boredom' in Chancellor Debate

World from Berlin: 'Carefully Cultivated Boredom' in Chancellor Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2013

Editorialists at major news media are mostly in agreement about three aspects of Sunday night's chancellor debate: It was a dull affair, Peer Steinbrück did well even if his prospects for winning are null and Angela Merkel has hinted she could govern with him. more... Comment ]