The Firestarter of Berlin

BERLIN — On an unseasonably warm day in early October, off a busy artery that cuts through the heart of Berlin's Wedding neighborhood, the voice ...


The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, Gunter Schabowski, an East German regime spokesperson, fumbled through a press conference and changed history. Although Schabowski was a member of ...

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

We all have those moments in our lives that we remember with unstinting clarity. In my case, they include my wedding day, the birth of ...


Germany’s Revolution in Small Batch, Artisanal Energy

SCHWÄBISCH HALL, Germany — On any given day, Johannes van Bergen, director of the municipal utility Stadtwerke Schwäbisch Hall in southwestern Germany, conducts his team's ...


Germany’s Jewish Problem

BERLIN — With anti-Semitism on the march, Germany's politicians and opinion makers are grappling with what went wrong with the country's seven-decade-long struggle to come to ...

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Those Tricky Germans

In many ways, life in communist East Germany rewarded the disobedient. While law-abiding citizens endured scarcity, their rule-breaking brethren reaped rewards from the black market. ...


The Pastor’s Children

Christian Führer's name had all but disappeared from the collective memory of the world beyond his native Mecklenburg by the time he died in July, ...

Christian Caryl

How the Wizard of Oz Explains America’s Foreign Policy

Today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the great American movies of all time. The Wizard of Oz debuted in Grauman's Chinese Theatre in ...


U.S. Attempts to Build Coalition of the Willing in Iraq Begin to Pay Off

This story has been updated. In his multiple press briefings since authorizing airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, President Barack Obama has yet to make ...

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

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