German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin as he arrives to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Germany Will Never Back Down on Its Russian Pipeline

If it looks like Berlin is colluding with Moscow, that’s because it is.

Gas pipes at a German port

Russian Pipeline Project Tests Biden’s Relations With Russia, Germany—and Congress

Torn between mending ties with Germany or Republicans in Congress, the Biden administration takes a softer line on Nord Stream 2 than some lawmakers expected.

A crack cuts through one of the thousands of stellae at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial, on Jan. 29, 2019 in Berlin.

Germany’s Holocaust Remembrance Is Turning Upside Down

The left is relativizing the past, the far-right is insisting on its uniqueness, and the country’s historical culture is cracking from within.

Troops of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade disembark from Chinook CH-47 helicopters during military exercises near Hohenfels, Gerrmany, on Aug. 10, 2020.

Trump’s Worst 2 Military Mistakes for Biden to Fix

Some policies may be worth keeping, but Trump’s handling of allies and withdrawals from conflict zones are not among them.

Wind turbines are seen on a plain near Bremerhaven, Germany on Dec. 26, 2017.

Is Germany Making Too Much Renewable Energy?

The energy transition of Europe’s biggest economy is running up against questions with no easy answers.

Jürgen Habermas

Why Jürgen Habermas Disappeared

The German philosopher was one of the 20th century’s most influential public intellectuals. But 21st-century politics has cut him adrift.

Adolf Hitler upon his release from prison after his 1923 coup attempt, known as the Beer Hall Putsch, in 1924 in Munich, Germany.

Weimar’s Lessons for Biden’s America

Hitler’s first coup attempt failed—but German democracy broke down anyway. Here’s how the United States can avoid the same fate.

Former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Don’t Call Me Doktor

German politicians are obsessed with earning Ph.D.s—but plagiarism scandals tend to catch up to them and derail careers.

Roses rest on the ground between Stolpersteine, brass stumbling blocks for victims of the Holocaust, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Berlin on Nov. 9, 2013.

Germany’s Lessons on Confronting a Racist Past

Philosopher Susan Neiman explains what the United States can learn from postwar Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

Germany Is Pouring Cold Water on the Biden-Europe Love Fest

Even the arrival of a pro-European U.S. administration can’t paper over unmistakable signs of trans-Atlantic trouble.

Armin Laschet, North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and state chairman of the CDU, speaks in a studio in Cologne, Germany, on Jan. 9, 2021.

Is Armin Laschet Too Gemütlich?

Angela Merkel’s most likely successor is promising continuity with her style of politics—but that may not be up to him.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel confers with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (not shown) prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on Jan. 6.

As Merkel Prepares to Step Down, the Future of German Conservatism Is Open

The three men standing to take over as chair of the CDU will take the party in strikingly different directions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel, who were both tuning in via video link from Brussels, during a video linked meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the coronavirus pandemic on September 14, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

What Merkel Really Thinks About China—and the World

Europe’s year-end investment deal with Beijing is a clear window into the German chancellor’s foreign-policy worldview.

A mock offer of "Novichok Tea" is seen in front of an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin outside the Russian embassy in Berlin during a protest on September 23, 2020. (Odd Anderson/AFP/ Getty Images)

Bellingcat Can Say What U.S. Intelligence Can’t

Open-source investigations enable officials and lawmakers to discuss Russian skullduggery without exposing sources and methods of U.S. intelligence

A Yemeni boy walks past a mural depicting a U.S. drone on Dec. 13, 2013 in the capital Sanaa.

Germany Could Have Delivered Justice for Civilian Drone Strike Victims. It Failed.

Missiles remotely fired with the assistance of a U.S. base on German soil killed my family in Yemen, but neither German nor U.S. courts are willing to hold anyone accountable.

Assistants await patients at a check-in counter for vaccinations against COVID-19 at the converted Merkur-Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany on Dec. 1.

Where Do Things Stand With the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout?

The U.K.’s quick approval of the Pfizer vaccine means some Britons will get shots starting next week—but in the rest of the world, it’s going to take a while for regular people to get inoculated.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

The World Calls Biden, While Trump and Company Double Down

Major world leaders are reaching out to the U.S. president-elect as Pompeo claims there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

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