Central Europe

  • Missile Defense: What Scowcroft Missed

    Brent Scowcroft has issued a strong statement of support for President Obama's decision to scrap George Bush's planned missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of a sea-based system.  General Scowcroft, however, elides the main point. While there may be a strong case in favor of the Aegis alternative, the announcement should have been delayed until some concessions were extracted from the Russians.
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  • Obama's Missile Defense Decision: The View From Europe

    President Obama's decision to abandon the missile defense systems in Poland and Czech Republic agreed to by his predecessor has created a firestorm of controversy, with quite different reactions in Russia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and domestically.
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  • Obama Abandons Poland and Czech Missile Defense

    President Obama this morning announced the cancellation of the long-range missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic agreed to by his predecessor in favor of a system of  sensors and interceptors based at sea.


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  • Afghan Announcement Delayed for Germany's Elections

    Obama plans to shift 45,000 troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, enlisting more help from the United States' European allies, but he will delay this until after Germany's general election later this month, Spiegel reports.


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  • Germany is ISAF's Weakest Link

    The Bundeswehr has evolved from refusing to kill known militants to calling in air strikes based on flimsy evidence. The German deployment has been a complete failure. The Bundeswehr is consistently undermining the allied tasks in Afghanistan and should either reevaluate or withdraw.


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  • Will Germany Remain Part of the West?

    In a sense, the central question of Germany’s post war identity is of whether it constitutes a part of the West or not. As the historian Heinrich August Winkler tells it, Germany has completed its long westward journey. However, the reality is more complicated considering the increasing shift of the Federal Republic’s foreign policy towards Moscow.


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  • 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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