Monthly Archives: May 2010

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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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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Criminal Responsibility of German Soldiers

The berlinbrief draws your attention to a new article on the criminal responsibility of German soldiers in Afghanistan. The text was written by Constantin von der Groeben and has just been  published in the German Law Journal. Here’s the executive … 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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Remember the Schuman Declaration?

May 9th, 1950 was a revolutionary day for Europe. 60 years ago, the then French Foreign Minister Rober Schuman with a visionary speech in Paris laid the foundations for the peaceful re-unification of the European continent devastated by two wars. … 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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