Monthly Archives: June 2010

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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Berlin Upgrades Relations With Palestinians

I have been wanting to write about an interesting novelty in German-Palestinian relations for a while. On 18 May 2010, a new type of “governmental” consultation mechanism between the Foreign Ministry and the Palestinian Authority was launched in Berlin. Foreign … Continue reading

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President Köhler Quits over Military Remarks

In the middle of the euro crisis and growing pressure from both the opposition and her own party about how to manage the German contribution to the Greek and possible future bailouts, Chancellor Merkel was hit by bad news this … Continue reading

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