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Patricia Hogwood

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

EPA/Lukas Barth

Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s election as Germany’s president represents a rare opportunity for his country. While the role is essentially ceremonial, Steinmeier’s background, combined with a dramatically changing global political climate, leaves him... more

Feb 22, 2017 10:00 AM German Miscellany

Angela Merkel

EPA/Kay Nietfeld

The motives behind the four attacks that have taken place in Germany recently are still under investigation. Links to Islamic State are suspected in two cases, but not in the others. The one common factor was that all the perpetrators had a... more

Aug 2, 2016 2:00 PM German Miscellany

Hollande Merkel

EPA/Ian Langsdon

Irrespective of petitions, speculation about when Article 50 will be triggered and the implosion of the UK’s two leading political parties, one thing is certain in post-referendum Britain – the country has voluntarily and irrevocably surrendered... more

Aug 1, 2016 2:00 PM German Miscellany

Angela Merkel

EPA/Odd Andersen

As the reality of Brexit sinks in, the European Union faces unprecedented challenges. While the end-times scenario painted by European leaders in the run-up to Britain’s referendum was a wild exaggeration, urgent and determined action is needed to... more

Jul 26, 2016 2:00 PM German Miscellany