Central Europe

  • Sarkozy and Merkel: Limit Banker Bonuses

    Germany chancellor Angela Merkel is backing French president Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to curb executive bonuses at next month's G20 summit.  The EU is finalizing a plan to implement similar rules among its member states.


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  • Is Germany’s Economy Really Powering Ahead?

    German Euro Notes and Coins

    Well, euphoria in Germany is certainly on the rebound, with a sudden surge in the ZEW investor confidence index and newspaper articles all over the place predicting the imminent renaissance of European economic growth, despite the fact that in 3 of the 5 big European economies - the UK, Italy and Spain - there is little in the way of evidence to back this view up.


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  • German Terrorists Wanted to Kill Americans

    A foiled German terrorist plot against airports, military bases and off duty hangouts of American soldiers was motivated by Islamist zeal and hatred of American foreign policy, the group's leader has revealed. Their intent was to kill as many Americans as possible to punish us for an alleged "war against Islam."


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  • Germany's Iron Cross a New Symbol of Hope?

    Germany Iron Cross Ceremony

    On Monday, for the first time since 1945, German soldiers were awarded the Iron Cross for bravery on the field of battle.  The ancient Teutonic symbol, which dates back to the Crusades and was first awarded as a military medal in 1813, was pinned onto the chests of four German servicemen who dragged wounded comrades and local children from the site of a suicide attack in Afghanistan last October.


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  • Europe's Dwindling Interest in Afghanistan: The Case of Germany

    European interest in supporting NATO's Afghanistan mission is low and getting lower.  Recent events in Germany are a case in point.


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  • German Court Upholds but Delays Lisbon Treaty

    "Germany's highest court has ruled that the Lisbon Treaty is not fundamentally incompatible with the country's constitution. However, it has called a halt to the ratification process until the German parliament changes a domestic law to strengthen the role of the country's legislative bodies in implementing European Union laws." 


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  • German-American Partnership in Peril?

    In today's Spiegel, Gregor Peter Schmitz asks, "Does the US Still Care about Germany?"  His starting point is Chancellor Angela Merkel's wistful praise of a certain Atlantic Council chairman - and the fact that so few American politicians were there to hear her speech.


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  • Whither the Social Democrats?

    As Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s current Foreign Minister and Hail Mary Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor in the September elections, began to speak at his inaugural campaign rally this Sunday in Berlin, Europe’s socialists held their collective breath. 


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  • Poland's Democracy at 20

    As the 20th anniversary of the Solidarity movement's triumph approaches, Poland finds itself divided politically and unhappy with its current state of affairs.  That's a good thing.


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  • Europe Betrays Its Mission in Prague

    The much-anticipated Prague Summit between the European Union and our eastern partners was a flop. The eastern partnership declaration published last Thursday is not worth the paper it was printed on.


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