Monthly Archives: November 2009

Remember the Kunduz Airstrike?

In berlinbrief I commented on several occasions on the events following the airstrike on two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban near Kunduz in September 2009. (Check the “Afghanistan” category in the middle column of the page) The German armed … 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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Westerwelle in Israel

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is on his first visit to Israel. Arriving on Monday, 23 November 2009, the head of the Free Democratic Party met with Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Together with Charlotte Knobloch, the … Continue reading

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Award for Wirtschaftsplattform Irak

“Wirtschaftsplattform Irak”, an online platform in both German and Arabic bringing together business in Germany and Iraq, has just been awarded one of the winners of the “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” Contest. The website contains detailed information … Continue reading

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The Soldiers Fight Alone

I want to draw your attention to an article by Nicholas Kulish in the New York Times. Kulish looks at the role of the German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, in the German society and discusses the country’s attitude to military … Continue reading

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Life Sentence for Murder of Egyptian Woman

The murder of a young Egyptian woman in a German court in July 2009 led to strong reactions in Egypt and the world. Marwa El Sherbini, a pharmacist living in Germany with her family, was brutally stabbed to death in … Continue reading

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A Lack of German Leadership in the EU?

Chancellor Merkel has just hosted European and international heads of state and government for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over the years, the German Chancellor has become a respected leader abroad. But … Continue reading

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1989

Berliners together with visitors from across the globe today celebrate the night of 9 November, 1989, when the citizens of the GDR made the Wall crumble and fall. There is a lot of international attention on the event that marked … 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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A Personal Note on the Lisbon Treaty

The Czech President Vaclav Klaus has just signed the Lisbon Treaty. Hallelujah. The new European basic law will enter into force on 1 December, 2009. Do you remember when it all started? I have strong memories of that time, as … Continue reading

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