Category Archives: Washington DC

German Islamists Attacked in Pakistan

Spiegel Online International reported on 11 October that the victims of a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan earlier this month have been identified. The group of men targeted by U.S. forces included German citizens that were believed to have ties … Continue reading

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General McChrystal in Berlin

US General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, believed it was worth spending 14 hours on a bus to make it from Paris to Berlin last week. Europe was stuck in an ash cloud that … Continue reading

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German Media on New US Nuclear Strategy

Both the Federal Chancellery and the Foreign Office in official statements welcomed the United States’ announcement that Washington will no longer be ready to react with a nuclear strike if attacked by conventional weapons. Chancellor Merkel will travel to Washington … Continue reading

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Westerwelle’s Nuclear Weapons Proposal

In the fall of 2009, just after Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle came into office, Judy Dempsey commented on his rather sudden claim to remove American nuclear weapons from German soil in the International Herald Tribune. At the time, I thought … Continue reading

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Preparing for Copenhagen

With the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen starting on Monday 7 December 2009 I want to draw your attention to some news here in Germany. Take a look at the website of the Federal Ministry of the Environment under its … Continue reading

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Two Pieces on Guantanamo and Iran

I found two pieces on German foreign policy in the international media yesterday that I want to draw your attention to. The first one was in the FT by Bertrand Benoit and Daniel Dombey, entitled “German concerns threaten 9/11 trial … Continue reading

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Merkel in the US Congress

Most German newspapers come up with positive reactions to Angela Merkel’s speech in the US Congress this morning. Some commentators however make the point that the German Chancellor avoided to touch upon subjects of German-US controversy. Angela Merkel was the … Continue reading

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Berlin’s Role Toward Russia

Stephen Szabo, the executive director of the Transatlantic Academy, has just published an analysis in the Washington Quartely that I recommend reading: “Can Berlin and Washington agree on Russia?” Szabo writes: “Both Russia and Germany are back on the U.S. … Continue reading

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Do you Know the German National Anthem?

I bet you do. We are doing pretty well at international sports events. But do you know that the Germans have an ambivalent relationship with their anthem? On the occasion of the German national holiday on 3 October I want … Continue reading

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Ich bin ein Berliner

Americans love Berlin. Walk Berlin’s Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg districts in the summer time and it will take less than five minutes until you bump into one. You find them in cafés, galleries, museums, restaurants, yoga studios and organic shops. Or … Continue reading

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