A person is silhouetted behind the German national flag in Berlin on June 27, 2018.

Germany Isn’t Special

To pull its weight, it needs to start seeing itself as a normal country, subject to the same pressures as all its neighbors.

A protester dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to a giant 1 Euro coin during a demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin October 21, 2011, calling on Germany and France to spend more on alleviating poverty and protecting the environment, rather than on banks.

Germany Is an Economic Masochist

Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to.

Jens Weidmann presents at the Bundesbank on May 2, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. (Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The Most Dangerous Man in Europe Is Jens Weidmann

The front-runner to lead Europe’s central bank doesn't seem to believe in central banking.

New Eurogroup President Mário Centeno gestures as he addresses a press conference at the European Council in Brussels on Dec. 4. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Portugal Has Emerged as Europe’s Booming Anti-Germany

Lisbon got its economy back on track by ditching austerity, and now Berlin is eating crow.


The Forever Chancellor

Angela Merkel was supposed to face a serious threat to her leadership this year. It turns out she knows Germans better than they know themselves.


Ukraine Might Ban Marine Le Pen and Her Thoughts on European Currency

The far-right French politician said Russia's Crimea annexation referendum was not illegal, and also that maybe France should have two currencies.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 24:  European Union flags are pictured outside the European Commission building on October 24, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. Alongside criticism from outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on the UK's stance on EU immigration and a plan to quit the European Court of Human Rights, the UK has now been told to pay an extra £1.7bn GBP (2.1bn EUR) towards the EU's budget because its economy has performed better than expected.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The Conservative’s Case for the European Union

Those of us who believe in freedom and free markets must defend Brussels from the Euroskeptic onslaught.

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We Need a New Euro, but for Losers

The only thing that can save Europe’s common currency is another common currency — for the B-Team.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 21:  The symbol of the Euro, the currency of the Eurozone, stands illuminated on January 21, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Central Bank (ECB) is schedule to meet tomorrow and announce a large-scale bond buying program. The Euro has dropped sharply against the U.S. dollar in recent months.  (Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)

Another Bailout Won’t Keep Greece in the Eurozone

The breakup of the euro was once unthinkable. Is it now inevitable?

ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 28:  Greeks queue in front of the National Bank to use ATM to withdraw cash on June 28, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Greece is anxiously awaiting a decision by the European Central Bank on whether to increase the emergency liquidity assistance banks can draw on from the country's central bank.  (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

What’s Next for Greece?

Athens and its creditors are close to a final agreement on the latest bailout. But no one is addressing the issues at the heart of Greece's economic problems.


The Bailout Kiss of Death

Can Alexis Tsipras survive bending to the will of Greece’s creditors?


François Hollande and the Beanstalk

France's president hoped that the eurozone crisis could shoot him to new political heights -- or at least get him re-elected. But the moral of this fable might be closer to home than he realizes.


The Man Behind the Iron Chancellor

Merkel got the Greece deal she wanted, but it caused rifts in her party and strengthened the hand of her hard-line finance minister.

CANNES, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 02:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she attends a press conference after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and EU and IMF representatives over Eurozone bailout plan ahead of the G20 summit on November 2, 2011 in Cannes, France. World's top economic leaders will attend to the G20 summit in Cannes on November 3rd and 4th. The leaders are expected to debate current issues surrounding the global financial system in the hope of fending off a global recession and finding an answer to the Eurozone crisis.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Germany’s Moral Obligation to Greece

The eurozone giant has long profited from Greece's weakness. Now it’s time to pay up.


Anti-Austerity Protesters Clash With Police in Athens

The demonstrations come as Greek lawmakers consider another set of austerity measures.


The Berlin Bulldozer and the Sack of Athens

Europe’s creditor in chief has trampled over values like democracy and national sovereignty, and left a vassal state in its wake. Which country will be next?


Greece in Our Time

Why the proposed deal to derail the Grexit is just more playing for time.

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30:  A flag of the European Union is visible through tree branches on November 30, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Many European leaders are warning that the growing debt crisis within the Eurozone is reaching critical proportions and that only weeks remain to take decisive action if the Euro is to survive.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Fragile Europe, Exposed and Unmoored

The fig leaf that was covering up the flaws in the single currency system has finally fallen off. Where do we go from here?

<> on December 10, 2014 in New York City.

The Worst-Case Scenario for the Global Economy

If Greece and China both falter, here’s how it could all come tumbling down.