Monthly Archives: March 2010

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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Tsipi Livni Fighting for Jewish State

Tsipi Livni, Israel’s former Foreign Minister and the head of the Kadima party, came to Berlin last week where she met with Foreign Minister Westerwelle. Livni is touring Western capitals to fight, as she said in a speech in Berlin, … Continue reading

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Hariri’s Weak Appearance

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited Berlin on 15-16 March 2010 to meet with Chancellor Merkel, Foreign Minister Westerwelle and members of the Bundestag. Hariri also particpated in a briefing hosted by Körber Foundation’s Berlin office. Germany is taking part … 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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Berlin Losing out on EU’s Diplomatic Service

Berlin is worried about its influence in the new European diplomatic service that is being established at the moment as a follow up to the Lisbon Treaty. The European Union’s diplomatic corps will consist of representatives from both the European … Continue reading

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Mubarak on Tour

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt paid a visit to Chancellor Merkel in Berlin last week. Mubarak came to Germany to have a surgery carried out at Heidelberg university hospital. On this occasion, he made a stop over in Berlin. With … 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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