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What Happens When Europe Comes Apart?

Many have been lamenting the dark path that Europe and the transatlantic relationship are currently on, but there hasn’t been much discussion of where that path leads. European weakness and division, a strategic “decoupling” from the United States, the fraying of the European Union, “after Europe,” “the end of Europe”—these are the grim scenarios, but there is a comforting vagueness to them.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Looking For A Role Model

The European elections have shown how big a problem populism really is. But Cameron, Hollande and other leaders can keep the populists at bay if they start to look south.

Read Here – The European

Why Will Mutti Win For The Third Time In Germany

Chancellor Merkel has run a bland re-election campaign. But that is exactly what voters were looking for. There are many reasons why she will win a third term on Sunday, but the primary one is her deep understanding of what the German electorate wants.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

Merkel’s Big Fear

German voters are deciding later than ever whom to vote for this election cycle. That is not good news for Chancellor Angela Merkel. With party loyalty on the wane, many of her core supporters could defect for tactical reasons at the last minute.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

European Fury Over U.S. Spying Charges

Germany‘s Federal Prosecutors’ Office confirmed to SPIEGEL on Sunday that it is looking into whether systematic data spying against the country conducted by America’s National Security Agency violated laws aimed at protecting German citizens.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

America’s National Security Agency (NSA) is apparently spying on Germany more than previously believed. Secret documents from the US intelligence service, which have been viewed by SPIEGEL journalists, reveal that the NSA systematically monitors and stores a large share of the country’s telephone and Internet connection data.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

50 Years After Kennedy, Obama Isn’t ‘Ein Berliner’: Fiscal Times

After Obama was elected, Der Spiegel, the magazine that serves as the German political barometer, called him the “World President.” But the German disappointment with Obama has been evident in its pages since. The magazine said that he did not deserve to win the 2012 election, and recently ran a cover with Obama’s picture below Kennedy’s, calling Obama Germany’s “Lost Friend.”

Read Here – Fiscal Times

Why Germans Are Shocked by Angela Merkel’s Communist Past

With a general election approaching in Germany this fall, Angela Merkel finds herself mired in a scandal about her communist upbringing. The belated reckoning with Merkel’s past reveals little about the chancellor’s political sympathies — and plenty about the German public’s historical ignorance.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Germany Has Won the Euro War Thanks To China

Germans are less and less interested in Southern Europe as a market for exports. The driver of German exports abroad are emerging markets (and the United States, to a lesser degree). Italy is only the seventh-largest importer of German goods, and Greece, Spain and Portugal are even further down the list. Notwithstanding a collapse of German exports to the “olive oil countries” (a definition I picked up some days ago in Germany), global German exports have remained steady. Berlin has to thank Beijing: In 2004, the Chinese purchased 20 billion euros worth of German products. Last year, they purchased 67 billion worth of goods, writes Stefano Casertano.

Read Here – The European

Harsh Cyprus bailout terms set unwelcome precedent

One thing that everyone can agree on in Brussels is that Cyprus is a minnow in the European fish pond, accounting for less than 0.5 per cent of the euro zone economy. In the words of the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, the island is “not systemically important”.

Read Here – The National

Is Germany’s Muzzled Military Moving into a New Era?: Time

On March 1, the German Parliament will debate sending 80 soldiers to Mali to provide medical care and help French soldiers train Malian government troops to clear mines and build bridges. That may not seem like a big task for the world’s fourth largest economy, but it represents a significant change for a country that has spent the past 68 years trying to live down its martial past.

Read Here – Time

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