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Angela Merkel’s Challenge to Europe

Published 06.06.2017
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has never been regarded as an especially inspiring orator. In fact, she has a reputation for gently talking her audiences to sleep. But that all changed a few days ago. While campaigning in the Munich...

Welcome to the Twenty-First Century

Published 01.02.2016
BERLIN – The start of 2016 has been anything but calm. Falling equity prices in China have destabilized markets worldwide. Emerging economies seem to have stalled. The price of oil has plunged, pushing petroleum producers into crisis. North...

The Fascism of the Affluent

Published 29.12.2015
"First and foremost, there is fear – and apparently a great deal of it. It is a fear based on the instinctive realization that the 'White Man’s World' – a lived reality assumed by its beneficiaries as a matter of course – is in terminal...

The Syrian Knot

Published 02.12.2015
"Ultimately, the decisive battle with Islamist extremism will take place within the Sunni community. Which form of Sunni Islam will prevail – the Saudi-Wahhabi version or a more modern and moderate one? This is the decisive question in the fight...

Europe’s Reality Check

Published 04.10.2015
BERLIN – Until a few weeks ago, Europeans believed they lived in a kind of sanctuary, insulated from the world’s current conflicts. Certainly, the news and images of drowned migrants were dreadful; but the tragedy occurring south of Italy,...

Europe’s War in Ukraine

Published 05.02.2015
BERLIN – War is ravaging Europe’s east. Ukraine is a victim of Russian military aggression, and, like it or not, its fate will essentially determine that of Europe’s, because the current crisis will define the rules and principles that Europeans...

A Greek Burial for German Austerity

Published 30.01.2015
BERLIN – Not long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the European Union, they believed, had weathered the storm. Today, we know that this was just another mistake in an ongoing...

Europe’s Make-or-Break Year

Published 25.12.2014
BERLIN – The euro crisis, it is said, is over. Calm has returned to financial markets, amid ironclad assurances by the European Union authorities – particularly the European Central Bank – that the monetary union will be preserved. But Southern...

The Middle East’s New Winners and Losers

Published 03.11.2014
BERLIN – “War,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is the “father of all things.” In view of the bloody – indeed barbaric – events in the Middle East (and in Iraq and Syria in particular), one might be tempted to agree, even though...

Europe’s Blast from the Past

Published 04.08.2014
BERLIN – If there is one historical episode that still makes most Europeans shiver, even after a century, it is the outbreak of World War I, the seminal European catastrophe, which began in the last days of July 1914. In fact, exactly one...

The Middle East and the Return of History

Published 01.07.2014
BERLIN – Ever since Francis Fukuyama argued, more than two decades ago, that the world had reached the end of history, history has made the world hold its breath. China’s rise, the Balkan wars, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the...

Europe’s Nationalists on the March

Published 01.06.2014
BERLIN – Europe is made up of its nations, and has been for hundreds of years. That is what makes the continent’s unification such a difficult political task, even today. But nationalism is not Europe’s principle of construction; on the...

Europe’s Act in Ukraine’s Tragedy

Published 28.04.2014
BERLIN – Grand political strategy and everyday experience often have a lot in common. Try, for example, to swallow a salami whole, and you will probably choke to death. In the world of high politics, people behave no differently: they slice...

Putin’s Reality Check for Europe

Published 25.03.2014
BERLIN – For far too long, the West has harbored illusions about Vladimir Putin’s Russia – illusions that have now been shattered on the Crimean peninsula. The West could (and should) have known better: Ever since his first term in office as...

Defusing Iran

Published 26.02.2014
BERLIN – On February 18, crucial negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program began in Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (the P5+1). The alternative to the talks is a further...