Germany Will Never Back Down on Its Russian Pipeline
If it looks like Berlin is colluding with Moscow, that’s because it is.
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.
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.
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.
Is Germany Making Too Much Renewable Energy?
The energy transition of Europe’s biggest economy is running up against questions with no easy answers.
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.
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.
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.
Germany’s Lessons on Confronting a Racist Past
Philosopher Susan Neiman explains what the United States can learn from postwar Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”