Category Archives: Navigate Berlin

Herman Van Rompuy at Pergamon Museum

Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, has delivered the first “The State of Europe” speech in Berlin on 9 November 2010. The President that took office a year ago came to Berlin at a time when the … Continue reading

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Foreign Ministry Involved in Nazi Crimes

Then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer commissioned a study in 2005 on the role of the Auswärtiges Amt during National Socialism. An independent commission of four renowned historians has now published a substantial report concluding that the wartime foreign ministry played … Continue reading

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Who Understands Germany’s Europapolitik?

There have recently been intense discussions in Germany’s EU partner countries over Berlin’s handling of the Greek debt crisis and its impact on the euro zone. Has Germany fallen out of love with the European Union? This is a question … Continue reading

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President Köhler Quits over Military Remarks

In the middle of the euro crisis and growing pressure from both the opposition and her own party about how to manage the German contribution to the Greek and possible future bailouts, Chancellor Merkel was hit by bad news this … Continue reading

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Negotiating with the Taliban?

Last week, Germany’s five major institutes for peace research presented their annual Peace Report (“Friedensgutachten”) at the Federal Press Conference and in an evening discussion on 18 May hosted by the Protestant Academy Berlin (Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin). Panellists at … Continue reading

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Spiegel Online International’s Newsletter

I want to draw your attention to Spiegel Online International’s Daily Newsletter. Good way to catch up with what is going on in Germany; and it includes the “World from Berlin” press review. The “World from Berlin” gives you access … Continue reading

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Lisbon Treaty Drives Foreign Office Out

The Lisbon Treaty has shaken the old rivalry between the Federal Chancellery and the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office) about who leads Germany’s European policies. Interestingly, after years of quarrels over the entry into force of the new treaty, it looks … Continue reading

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Sudan on the Verge of Another War?

It has been five years that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed that brought an end to decades of war in the south of Sudan and its adjacent regions. However, the peace in Sudan is fragile. The CPA has … Continue reading

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Westerwelle Searching for a Role

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is still searching for a role. Squeezed between Chancellor Merkel and her glamorous Minister of Defence, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the leader of the Free Democrats still hasn’t found his place in the new government. It is … Continue reading

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“Ten Questions to the War Cabinet”

The parliamentary inquiry on the Kunduz airstrike in September 2009 starts in Berlin today. (For details on the case check the “Afghanistan” category in the middle column) This morning, Spiegel Online opened with ten questions that the “war cabinet” of … Continue reading

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