Annalena Baerbock attends a press conference.

Germany’s Post-Pacifist Generation Is Nearing Power

The world according to Annalena Baerbock, the Green Party candidate—and frontrunner to become chancellor.

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For Indians Abroad, Talk of Home Is Terrifying

Watching a catastrophe unfold from afar has left India’s diaspora feeling angry and helpless.

Nord Stream 2 road sign in Germany

How to Break the Logjam Over Nord Stream 2

The Russo-German pipeline has zero impact on European security. But Ukraine should be helped.

An illustration showing Greens candidate Annalene Baerbock alongside an archival photo of anti-nuclear protesters blowing soap bubbles in 2005.

How the Greens Went Mainstream

They were once Germany’s anti-establishment party. Now they’re on the verge of reaching the peak of power.

Russian pipe-laying vessel near the Nord Stream 2 construction site.

Biden Must Follow the Law and Sanction Nord Stream Now

Why has the administration been so half-hearted on a malign Russian influence project?

A nurse shows a package of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a doctor’s surgery in Senftenberg, a town in southern Brandenburg, Germany, on March 3.

Once Again, Europe Is Sabotaging Its Own Vaccine Rollout

The decision to halt administration of AstraZeneca vaccines is unscientific, will derail the reopening, and could result in thousands of unnecessary deaths.

Armin Laschet, chairman of Germany's German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, attends a press conference in Berlin on March 15.

German Voters Just Dealt Merkel’s Party a Body Blow

Ahead of national elections in September, the CDU has to decide where to go from here.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin

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

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

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