Monthly Archives: September 2009

Bring the Germans In

There is a new kid on the block in Berlin’s foreign policy scene. The Stiftung Mercator (Mercator Foundation), named after the 16th century cartographer Gerhard Mercator, has just taken over the prestigious Postgraduate Program in International Affairs (Stiftungskolleg für internationale … Continue reading

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Outsiders’ Inside View on the Elections

There were some busy days in Berlin, prior to the election last Sunday. Not only did the parties and candidates accelerate their attempts to mobilize the undecided voters. Berlin was also full of foreign election observers. There are the OSCE election observers … Continue reading

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Auschwitz Maps Flapped in the UN General Assembly

Speaking yesterday at the UN General Assembly’s annual meeting in New York, the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad on Wednesday, in which the Iranian President again denied the Holocaust. In his hands, Netanyahu held … Continue reading

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Quick Guide to Germany’s General Elections

Germany is holding a general election on Sunday 27th, 2009. Things might well stay as they are, i.e. another four years of a grand coalition under Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) with her challenger, … 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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Merkel vs Steinmeier; Merkel and Steinmeier

The good news for those who want to take a break from election campaigns: Germany won’t be making a big splash. Less than two weeks before election day on 27 September it is quite possible to find campaign-free zones, even … Continue reading

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Places of Remembrance

Walking the streets of Berlin you can feel the many layers of German history. Berlin is a city that lives with its past. The crimes of the Nazi dictatorship and the GDR regime, the Holocaust, WWII, the division of the … Continue reading

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Bundestag Debates Airstrike on Fuel Tankers

On 24 August 2009 I wrote in berlin brief that there was no sign of a debate on the German military mission in Afghanistan, despite national elections looming at the end of September. Now, with the ISAF airstrike on two … Continue reading

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Breaking the Language Barrier

Looking for access to Germany’s news? German media is predominantly German, naturally. But there are ways around the language barrier. Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, has a solid, good quality online coverage of Germany’s news.  DW-WORLD.DE also offers a wide … Continue reading

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