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Alexis Tsipras' visit to Moscow this week drew a terse response from Angela Merkel, but no deal has been announced. Alexey Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA/AAP

Greece will survive another D-Day – no thanks to Russia

As Greece wastes time seeking war repatriations to help cover its debts, a better solution would be debt forgiveness - with conditions.
It’s a deal. EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?

After all night talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the outcomes of the four party talks in the so-called Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) have neither brought a major breakthrough…
Anti-Islamic protesters on the march in Berlin. Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Behind the rise of Germany’s anti-Islamic street movement

A rally in Dresden has attracted some 18,000 people, all marching under the banner of Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident. The sudden appeal of this group, known as PEGIDA, has…
The German switch to green electricity has demanded quick thinking. Martin Capek

Germany’s green power surge has come at a massive cost

Germany is well on its way towards having a predominantly green electricity supply. The transition from nuclear and fossil fuel electricity to using renewables is happening faster than anyone had anticipated…
Nationalism is no alternative: Germany prepares to vote. EPA/Marius Becker

EU election: Germany – vote Merkel and carry on

No country takes European Parliament elections more seriously than does Germany. Many posters have adorned lampposts around the country since mid-April and discussions in the media centre round the parties…
Eine kleine Bundeskanzlerin: Merkel addresses both houses of parliament. Oli Scarff/PA

She got the royal treatment, but Merkel’s not Superwoman

Angela Merkel’s visit to London could hardly have been given a bigger billing; a speech to both houses of parliament, lunch with the prime minister and then tea with the Queen. David Cameron clearly had…
Should Tony Abbott follow Barack Obama’s example and apologise personally to Indonesia leaders over the spying scandal, as Obama did to Angela Merkel? EPA/Andrew Harrer

Spying scandal: Obama, Abbott and why sorry is the hardest word to say

The contrast between Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s self-defeating response to spying allegations with Indonesia and US president Barack Obama’s reaction to smooth its similar row with Germany…
The Indonesian president, and his government, have experienced a serious loss of face at a time when they least wanted it. EPA/Abror Rizki

Diplomatic crisis: can the PM mend our relationship with Indonesia?

When The Guardian Australia and the ABC broke the news that Australian intelligence agencies had been monitoring the phones of Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and leading Cabinet…
Waning influence: is the US on the decline as a world power? Pete Souza, The White House

Obama’s soft power a hard sell after NSA revelations

For presidents, like sports team managers, the tough weeks tend to outnumber the jubilant. But even by the standards of an unforgiving job, Barack Obama could be forgiven for feeling unusually buffeted…
‘Why don’t you borrow my cell, Angela, it’s secure…’ Cyrus Farivar

Merkelphone scandal shocks Europe but spies are unmoved

Revelations about the extent of the American National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) global communications surveillance have raised considerable media and political attention. The fact that the NSA not only…
Merkel needs to play her cards right. א (Aleph)

Merkel must manoeuvre to see off euroscepticism in Germany

When in 1987 Margaret Thatcher won the third of her three elections in the UK, she was at the height of her powers. She governed in almost monarchical style, her (internal and external) opponents either…
Haunted by the ghost of Merkel past? World Economic Forum

Merkel’s refusal to help FDP will come back to haunt her

The results of the German election have been described as a triumph for Angela Merkel. Her Christian Democrats bounced back from their second-worst result since 1949 to heights they have not seen since…
To victory: German chancellor Angela Merkel has comfortably won a third term in office. EPA/Michael Kappeler

German elections: the ‘Merkel factor’ leads to her third term

When the term “factor” is used in the description of political power, one is reminded of sunscreen or perfume: an ingredient to ingest. One is certainly not reminded of German chancellor Angela Merkel…

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