Germany

Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter in Pompano Beach, Florida, on June 3, 2011.

America Is Having an Unemployment Apocalypse. Europe Chose Not to.

A trans-Atlantic chasm has opened up on pandemic labor policy. We’ll soon know which side got it right.

North vs. South: The Netherlands competes against Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. The Netherlands, like Germany, is resisting Southern Europe’s calls for fiscal solidarity as the coronavirus causes economic chaos across the continent.

Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines

Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”

An almost empty Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate on March 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

In Germany, Coronavirus Is No Longer a Distant Threat

Germans used to be happy they were far away from China, but as COVID-19 ravages Europe, they no longer feel safely removed.  

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Aug. 15, 2019.

The Virus Has Exposed the Recklessness of Trump’s “America First”

The world needs to cooperate to beat the coronavirus pandemic. That includes you, President Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron

The Coronavirus Pandemic Tells a Tale of 3 Leaders

Over 24 hours, Trump, Macron, and Merkel each addressed their nations—and revealed their very different understandings of the world.

German Chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel chats with her colleague Armin Laschet, governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, at a meeting of the CDU leadership on Nov. 27, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

You May Miss Merkel More Than You Think

The lame-duck German chancellor has become a problem for the world. The frontrunner to take over will probably be even worse.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets police officers during a visit to Mulhouse, in eastern France, on Feb. 18.

Emmanuel Macron’s War on Islamism Is Europe’s Future

The French president’s recent speech is a sign that moderate leaders are waking up to the threat posed by political Islam.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell: Pundit, Envoy, Spokesman. Spy?

His ascension to the highest intelligence post in the United States heightens fears that the Trump administration is politicizing intelligence.

South Korea’s Hyundai

Coronavirus Begins to Spread Economic Gloom Worldwide

Supply chain disruptions are upsetting markets globally, but especially in Asia.

Angela Merkel and Friedrich Merz

Friedrich Merz Is Ready to Bury Angela Merkel

The German chancellor’s most likely successor wants to end her way of doing politics.

Angela Merkel and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Why Angela Merkel’s Succession Plan Failed

The German chancellor’s anointed successor says she will no longer seek the country’s top position. Berlin now faces months of political uncertainty.

Björn Höcke and Thomas Kemmerich

Behold Germany’s Post-Merkel Future and Despair

The chancellor’s pathological centrism has helped make her party morally blind.

Dan Saelinger illustration for Foreign Policy

Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?

Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.

An AfD election brochure in Russian and German

Immigrants Are Big Fans of Germany’s Anti-Immigrant Party

The fiercest devotees of the far-right AfD aren’t native Germans but migrants from Russia.

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The Words That Explained the World in 2019

A look at terms from India and El Salvador to South Korea and Ukraine.

The BT-9 guard tower, part of the 
Berlin Wall exhibit at the Newseum in Washington before its closure in December.

Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters

Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.

Kevin Kühnert gives a speech during an extraordinary congress of the Social Democratic Party in Bonn on Jan. 21, 2018.

Germany’s OK Boomer Moment

Millennials on the left and right are getting tired of their country’s politics of centrism—and trouble in the governing coalition shows it.

German Green party co-leader Robert Habeck is shown as he tours the venue prior to a two-day party congress in Bielefeld, western Germany on Nov. 14.

How to Say Emmanuel Macron in German

Robert Habeck established himself outside major parties, has sweeping plans for Europe’s future—and is getting ever closer to taking power in Berlin.

US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House, London on Dec. 3, 2019.

NATO Defense Funds Have Been Building for Years, but Trump Wants the Credit

Renewed defense spending by European states is in part a response to Russian aggression.

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