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Friends with Benefits

“Have you met us?” Jon Stewart, host of the satirical American TV-show, The Daily Show, asked the rest of the world. “Meddling in your affairs for our national self-interest is kind of our thing.” Recent revelations have further damaged U.S. credibility among its allies, as broad-sweep surveillance operations on foreign nationals and world leaders are […]

Angela Merkel in The Land of Smiles

Angela Merkel in The Land of Smiles

Germany’s elections are over. The winners and losers are clear, and the political landscape has changed profoundly. The real drama, however, occurred not among the country’s main parties but on the boundaries of the political spectrum. Chancellor Angela Merkel is celebrating a landslide victory, with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) having fallen just short of […]

Europe’s Troubled Cousin

Europe’s Troubled Cousin

For Europeans, Turkey is a conundrum. Why can’t Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan just be reasonable about the protests about Gezi Park? The question seems to be on everybody’s mind, yet European leaders continue to speak softly, as if not to awaken the beast. There have been a few critical remarks here and there, as […]

France’s German Mirror

France’s German Mirror

NEWS ANALYSIS:  Berlin’s Tegel Airport, which still greets most of the passengers arriving in the capital of Europe’s leading economic power, is outdated and provincial. The opening of Schönefeld Airport, transformed into an international hub, has been delayed for more than a year for technical reasons (a somewhat reassuring challenge to Germany’s reputation for efficiency). […]

EU fights tax evasion

EU fights tax evasion

Legal loopholes, tax dodges, and secretive banking practices in Austria and Luxembourg are costing the Eurozone approximately €1 trillion in lost tax revenue every year. Now EU leaders are pledging to crack down. The European Parliament issued a resolution on 21 May urging the EU to halve annual losses by 2020. Officials from across the […]

Krzysztof Michalski

So, the votes are in and Austria is aglow in the reflected glory of its two favourite sons, director Michael Hanecke and actor Christoph Waltz, as Oscars in hand, they took their bows at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. At the same time, a much quieter, but none the less resonant tribute, is […]

Turkey’s European Affair

Turkey’s European Affair

“No other country has been kept waiting, knocking on the door of the EU, for such a long time,” complained Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a joint press conference in Berlin on 31 October. The subsequent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel revealed just how much the relationship between Turkey and the EU […]

Merkel urges new EU treaty

Merkel urges new EU treaty

In order to combat Europe’s debt crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a new EU treaty. According to the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, one of the proposed measures is increased responsibility for the European Court of Justice in monitoring budgets and punishing members states for running up deficits.

Europe’s (New) German Problem

Once again, Europe is obsessed with the “German problem”: Greek protesters have portrayed Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, wearing a Nazi uniform; the Italian press has caricatured her donning a Kaiser-era spiked helmet; and a prominent member of the French national assembly, Arnaud Montebourg, wrote on his website in December that Germany’s “economic domination” today […]

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