Category Archives: Economics

The Franco-German Tandem is Back

The European Union is still struggling to protect the euro currency against new turbulences. Member states agree that the current Stability and Growth Pact needs to be reformed to give the sanctions regime a stronger clout, and that the Union … 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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Sunshine Between Berlin and London?

For all those who had doubts after the BBC’s James Coomarasamy put him to the test last September: Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle actually does speak English. And he proved a sense of humour when the new British Deputy Prime … Continue reading

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Van Rompuy in Berlin ahead of EU Summit

Perhaps most Europeans still haven’t heard of the European Union’s new President. But Herman van Rompuy, who appeared on the scene in late 2009 with a new provision of the Lisbon Treaty that foresees a permanent elected president for the … Continue reading

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Merkel Lonely in Europe?

Chancellor Angela Merkel is struggling with the impact of the Euro crisis. She is not only facing criticism for what is seen as a going-it-alone approach in the currency crisis by European and international partners. Back in Germany, life has … Continue reading

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Weak German “Yes” to Aid Package

On Friday, the German Bundestag will decide in an emergency vote on the austerity measures for Greece by the IMF and the European Union. The largest economy in the eurozone, Germany will contribute with more than 22 billion euros to … Continue reading

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Assessing the “Friedenspolitik”

The berlinbrief wants to draw your attention to a number of new reports by non-governmental organisations assessing the German government’s security and arms policies. In the Foreign Ministry, you will often hear the slogan “Aussenpolitik ist Friedenspolitik” (“Foreign Policy is … Continue reading

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Germany World’s Third Largest Arms Seller

Does it surprise you to hear that? The country that considers itself to be a “civilian power” and that is known for its reservation to send soldiers to missions abroad has doubled its arms exports over the last five years, … Continue reading

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Berlin and the Eurozone Crisis

The crisis of the Euro and the question how much support to give to the Greek government continues to make the headlines in Germany and the European Union. berlinbrief lists selected articles on reactions in Berlin: Berlin Angered by Presumed … Continue reading

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Germany Blocks Bailout for Greece

“All euro area members must conduct sound national policies in line with the agreed rules.” This was the first phrase of the official statement announced by the European Council’s President Herman van Rompuy at the EU summit in Brussels on … Continue reading

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