Monthly Archives: November 2010

Herman Van Rompuy at Pergamon Museum

Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, has delivered the first “The State of Europe” speech in Berlin on 9 November 2010. The President that took office a year ago came to Berlin at a time when the … Continue reading

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Foreign Ministry Involved in Nazi Crimes

Then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer commissioned a study in 2005 on the role of the Auswärtiges Amt during National Socialism. An independent commission of four renowned historians has now published a substantial report concluding that the wartime foreign ministry played … Continue reading

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The Franco-German Tandem is Back

The European Union is still struggling to protect the euro currency against new turbulences. Member states agree that the current Stability and Growth Pact needs to be reformed to give the sanctions regime a stronger clout, and that the Union … Continue reading

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Bundeswehr Reform Proposals Released

Shortly after Minister of Defence Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg announced the end of conscription earlier this fall, an independent commission set up to review the practice of the Ministry of Defence suggested to cut the ministry’s staff by half. The cross-party … Continue reading

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